Morrisons Little Clacton reopens as eco showcase store

‘Lower impact’: Morrisons Little Clacton store reopens as a testbed for eco initiatives

Morrisons Little Clacton has reopened as the supermarket’s first ‘lower eco impact’ store.

The Essex-based shop, which closed for five weeks to undergo a refit, brings together many of the environmental and social initiatives Morrisons has been working on as it looks to become a more eco-conscious business.

Morrisons Little Clacton promises to use less carbon and plastic, and to be an “almost zero waste” site.

The retailer said it has quadrupled the number of locally sourced products in the store, as well as increasing biodiversity schemes. The 38,000 sq ft space includes updated butcher, baker, and fishmonger counters, while there is also a larger Nutmeg clothing range and a new Market Kitchen proposition where freshly made meals are created by a team of in-store chefs.

The shop also contains a florist selling bouquets and single stem flowers, a home range of cookware and soft furnishings, and freshly made cakes and sweet treats from the in-store Cake Shop.

From an eco perspective, Morrisons Little Clacton offers refill zones for dried and frozen foods around the store, and operates electric delivery vehicles.

The newly revamped store will use 46% less carbon than before, and there are 366 loose lines stocked on the shelves in an attempt to reduce single-use packaging.

A dedicated pick-up point for customers buying discounted, end-of-shelf life food via the Too Good To Go app is also situated in the shop.

Hannah Fox, senior property manager – energy at Morrisons, said: “The store has been fitted with solar panels, it won’t use gas, and our fridges are powered by CO2 from green waste.

“We will also have a range of electric vehicle charging in our car park for customers and colleagues.”

She described the store as “a significant step” on Morrisons’ sustainability journey.

“It brings together environmental and social initiative all into one place. From this, we want to roll it out into the right stores across the country and start making decisions about future stores to come.”

[Photo credit Michael Leckie/PA Wire for Morrisons]

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