// Morrisons invests £16m into in-store cafe upgrades ahead of reopening on Monday
// The investment went towards renovations as well as Covid safety measures
// Customers can dine indoors at cafés in England & Wales from May 17
Morrisons has invested more than £16 million towards upgrading its in-store cafes as it prepares to reopen on Monday in line with official lockdown exit plans.
The Big 4 grocer said the investment went towards updating the decor across all 406 of its cafés, refreshing the menu, introducing new technology, and increasing Covid safety measures.
Hospitality venues in England and Wales will be allowed to reopen their indoor premises and also service customers indoors from May 17.
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Highlights of the cafe’s new menu includes fresh fish and bread that comes directly from Morrisons’ Market Street counters, afternoon tea, a separate vegetarian and vegan menu and the inclusion of Morrisons’ The Best products.
Café classics like the full breakfast and fish and chips will also remain on the menu.
Morrisons added that new technology like the Order & Pay app has also been introduced allowing customers to order and pay at their tables via their own device.
Screens have also been installed around all tables to turn them into booths.
Meanwhile, Morrisons said all of its indoor dining areas have been given a fresh lick of paint and new outdoor furniture has been installed at 136 cafés.
“We’ve put a lot of effort and investment into welcoming our customers back in a safe environment,” Morrisons head of cafes Ali Lyons said.
“We are so excited for them to try our brand new menu which is made from Morrisons products and then freshly prepared by our café colleagues.
“Our new Order & Pay app will also make it easier for customers to order directly from their booth and have the food delivered straight to their table.”
All 406 Morrisons cafés are currently open but only for takeaways via the retailer’s app where customers can choose a time slot to collect their food.
The crockery used to serve the food has also been updated and the old range will be rehomed by the store’s Community Champion.