Supermarket plans to offer key-cutting and dry-cleaning service backed by council

PUBLISHED: 08:15 09 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:15 09 July 2014

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Supermarket giant Tesco will soon be offering key-cutting and dry-cleaning at its Ely store after plans submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council were approved.

The retailer has announced a joint-venture with cobbler Timpson that will see a “retail pod” set up outside its Angel Drove superstore, offering customers dry-cleaning, key-cutting and jewellery repair.

The 24sq m pod will sit within 70 metres of the store entrance – adjacent to its access route to Ely train station.

Tesco told the district council: “The unit is part of a joint venture by Timpson and Tesco to offer the customer the convenience of providing Timpson’s services - dry cleaning, shoe repair, key cutting, jewellery repairs, watch repairs, engraving, etc, within the Tesco grounds.

“The position of the pod has been subject to stringent health and safety checks to ensure the customer is well protected from car park traffic. “The look of the pod has been designed to retain the recognised Timpson branding whilst blending with the architectural vernacular of the Tesco store.”

The City of Ely Council was consulted on the plans and offered no objection.

District council planning officer, Ed Fosker said that Tesco and the council had worked together in a “positive and pro-active manner” and agreed that the plans were “high quality and sustainable”.

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