Sit back while they pack

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Drivers are being sent packing at a superstore giant in Chorley.

For Tesco has now launched Lancashire’s first drive-through supermarket at its Ackhurst Industrial Park Extra store.

Now shoppers can drive up and pick up their groceries - without even having to get out of their vehicles.

And local schoolchildren are being asked to design artwork for a special jute shopping bag to help promote the new Click & Collect service.

Customers pull up to the drive-through collection point which is signposted and into a covered area to show staff their shopping reference details.

Staff come to the car window, so there is no need to get out, and the shopping is then packed into the boot - for a £2 service charge.

Tesco say it has been introduced to help busy customers who want their grocery shopping picked and packed but don’t have time to wait at home for delivery.

The new service is being run by the tesco.com team who deliver more shopping to more homes than any other grocery retailer in Europe.

“We believe this will be especially popular with busy mums who have the school run and children’s activities to manage”, said Ian Crook, tesco.com marketing director.

“It offers a convenient solution to parents who want to avoid the challenge of shopping in a busy store with children in tow but can’t afford the time to stay in for the shopping to arrive at their door.

“We also expect it to help young professionals who want all the convenience of a pre-picked and packed shop but who cannot commit to waiting at home for delivery. They can collect their food shopping on the way home from work or at any other time that suits them during our extensive collection hours”.

Store manager Anne Garner,said: “We are very excited to be able to offer this new service to our customers. I speak to them every day about their shopping experience and this new drive-through will now offer even more choice in how they buy their shopping.

Customers order their shopping as usual on the tesco.com website choosing the “Click & Collect” option and booking a two-hour collection slot. They can then collect anytime within this two-hour window and collection slots are available 7 days a week.

Tesco was the first retailer to trial drive-through supermarkets in its Baldock Extra and Romford Gallows Corner Extra stores in 2010.