The former Somerfield and Budgens supermarket store on Bell Street, Shaftesbury, will re-open as a Morrisons Daily on Thursday 13thJanuary 2022, and will be cutting the ribbon at 10am.
Locals will be greeted by some familiar faces. The ribbon will be cut by new colleagues Alison Burr and Vanessa Wood, who both previously worked in the store years ago! Alison worked in the store when it very first opened as a Gateway in 1986, working there for over 10 years. Vanessa worked at the site for over 20 years and closed the doors for the last time in 2017.
Alongside Alison and Vanessa, three additional colleagues will also be returning to the store again. Jean Pennell, who will be joining the bakery team, previously worked at the site for over 5 years when it was a Co-Op and Budgens store. Becky Wareham also previously spent over 4 years at the site and is excited to be returning. Michael Hawkins will also be returning to the store and looks forward to greeting all the new and returning customers.
Richard Whittemore’s family business purchased the empty site last year, and they partnered with Morrisons to open a Morrisons Daily franchise site. The Shaftesbury store will become the largest Morrisons Daily to date.
Morrisons make over half their fresh food in sites across the UK, producing their own meat, seafood, bakery items and more. The store will offer a vast range of products, suitable for your weekly shop or to grab a meal deal on the go.
Alongside Morrisons own favourites, there will also be a range of local and specialist products including Olives Et Al, Gritchie Ales, Mounters13 Shaftesbury Gin, Lilley’s Cider, Moores Biscuits, Jeroboams Wine, Dorset Tea, Tregothnan Tea, Honeybuns Cakes, Dorset Cereals, Black Cow Vodka, The Real Cure meats, a range of local cheeses and more.
The new Morrisons Daily store will be donating £1,000 to a Shaftesbury charity, club or other good cause. You can nominate a local club, charity or fundraising appeal (within 5 miles of Shaftesbury) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 13thJanuary. Then, when the store opens on 13thJanuary, you can call in between 13th – 26th January to cast your vote for the cause that you believe deserves the money. The £1,000 will be awarded to the good cause with the most votes at the supermarket’s ‘Welcome Day’ event on Thursday 27thJanuary.
There will also be some exciting prizes and goodies on offer throughout the day.