// Tesco has expanded its partnership with on-demand grocery firm to its Manchester Stretford Extra store
// The move follows Tesco’s launch with Gorillas at its Thornton Heath and Lewisham stores in London last October
Tesco has extended its partnership with on-demand grocery firm Gorillas to Manchester.
Customers living close to the supermarket’s Stretford Extra store in Manchester are able to order the supermarket’s products on the Gorillas app and receive their order “within minutes”, according to The Grocer.
Gorillas operates by establishing dark stores in the back of superstores from which they deliver goods on e-bikes. Tesco first partnered with the firm for rapid delivery trials in its Thornton Heath and Lewisham branches in October last year.
It is the first regional launch of the “co-located partnership”, following Thornton Heath and Lewisham in London, which began offering rapid deliveries in October last year.
Tesco group innovation director Tom Hebbert said: “Through our partnership with Gorillas, we can be even more convenient to our customers, helping them with last-minute Tesco products delivered in minutes.
“Customers have responded really well to the first two sites in Thornton Heath and Lewisham and we look forward to bringing this service to our customers in Manchester.”
Gorillas already has a presence in Manchester, with a dark store serving the Piccadilly and New Islington area of the city. The German firm has launched more than 200 rapid delivery hubs across nine countries over the last 18 months as it looks to take a lead in the highly competitive rapid delivery market.
Gorillas UK general manager Christopher Chaaya said: “This pioneering move will provide Mancunians with well-loved Tesco favourites at their fingertips, from the Gorillas app to the doorstep in minutes.”