Falkirk store staff are blooming marvellous

Morrisons employees Laura Miller and Dani Gibson who have been trained as florists
Morrisons employees Laura Miller and Dani Gibson who have been trained as florists

Town centre supermarket Morrisons has a new look and a new mission ... to help 
customers enjoy their food even more.

The Brockville store has had a £500,000 makeover with the wraps coming off on Monday.

Staff and contractors worked hard behind the scenes, carrying out the work without having to close the store.

The company has transformed the shop – which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next May – into a craft skills academy and created four new jobs.

Morrisons’ revamped interior now better reflects its focus on traditional skills: installing a dough table at the front of the bakery so shoppers can see bakers moulding the dough and opening up the butchers’ counter to allow customers to view processes like sausage making.

The new-look store also boasts the latest in misting technology to keep fruit and vegetables fresher longer. That includes more unusual lines such as kohlrabi and white beetroot, a new flower shop and pizza counter .

As part of the craft skills academy 38 staff have been trained in food and wine matching so they can recommend good combinations to customers, while the store’s specialists have increased the number of products they make from scratch.

Advocates of the craft skills academy are Laura Miller (17), a sixth year pupil at Graeme High, who lives in Polmont, and Dani Gibson (24) of Maddiston.

They both have new roles in the flower shop after being trained in bouquet making. Both have been mentored by supervisor Irene Rawding who has been a florist for 15 years.

Laura said: “I’ve always had an interest in floristry but never had the chance to learn how to do it. I think learning on the job from someone who knows what they are doing is the best experience you can get.”