Shoppers with a nose for a bargain have been smelling something more unappealing at a Preston supermarket.
Cashiers on the checkouts at Sainsbury’s in Deepdale have now been armed with air freshener cans to combat a strong pong hanging round the tills.
I’ve been told they are sorting it out, but nothing seems to get done,
“It smells awful,” said one regular who claims he has been kicking up a stink with store bosses for the past 18 months.
“I’ve been told they are sorting it out, but nothing seems to get done,” said the retired plumber who lives nearby in sweet-smelling Primrose Grove.
“So I’ve not been going in as much lately, especially when it rains, because that’s when it’s at its worst.”
The sickly stench, which only hangs in the air around a handful of checkouts, is believed to come from a faulty pipe under the store. Sainsbury’s say they are trying to solve the problem and have issued an apology to customers who may have been offended by the stink.
“We’re aware that that a faulty water pipe has been causing an unpleasant smell in our Preston store,” said a company spokesperson.
“We’re working with engineers to investigate the problem and we’re planning further repairs early next week. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused.”
Local councillor Terry Cartwright revealed he got a whiff of the problem up to a year ago and had informed the city council’s environmental health team.
“Something’s clearly amiss under the store, something isn’t right,” he said. “After I reported it to our officers they got someone up there to have a look – and a sniff. I was told workmen were going to dig down to see what was going wrong.
“I don’t think they have yet, because it would probably have meant shutting the store to do it. It clearly hasn’t gone away and, according to people who have complained to me, it is back with a vengeance.”
The Primrose Grove shopper, who asked not to be named, added: “I first reported it about 18 months ago and it’s still there. It isn’t all the time, but it’s particularly bad when it’s raining. I went in the other day and I was almost physically sick. The staff at the tills had air fresheners to take the edge off it. They need to sort it or I for one won’t be going back.”