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Morrisons opens city centre store in York
VIKINGS and a charity mascot came out in force to celebrate the opening of a new convenience store in York.
The Morrisons M Local in Spurriergate, is the latest of almost 50 stores of its kind in the country, and opened in the former Game store yesterday morning.
Gemma Hayes-Logan, manager of the store, was joined by Lenny Bear, the St Leonard’s Hospice mascot, and Vikings from Jorvik’s Heroes exhibition, to cut the ribbon and welcome shoppers to the store.
Gemma, who was assistant manager at the Foss Islands Road Morrisons prior to taking over the new store, said she was grateful to be part of the new venture.
She said: “This is my first manager apointment, which is exciting.
“People have been trying to get in for the last week, we’ve been struggling to keep them out until we opened officially, so there’s a lot of interest, definitely.”
The M Local store is a smaller convenience store than the larger supermarkets, and offers fresh fruit, hot food and fresh salads, as well as the usual tinned goods seen in convenience stores.
The 49th and 50th stores will open this week, and Morrisons expect to open another 50 around the country by next February.
In coming months, the store has pledged to donate goods to The Press’s harvest appeal, and will raise money for St Leonard’s with regular charity events planned to support the hospice.
Each of the new M Local stores selects its own charity to support, and St Leonard’s Hospice was chosen by Gemma.
She said: “We had a look through various local charities and I think St Leonard’s Hospice deserve everything we can give them. It’s a big charity, and a fantastic cause, and we have a lot of upcoming fundraisers for them.”
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