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Boots to link up with Sainsbury's store

PUBLISHED: 12:37 05 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

SAINSBURY'S and Boots are going into partnership with their announcement today that the food store's Warren Heath branch, on the outskirts of Ipswich, will be a first in the country to have an in-store link with the pharmacy chain.

SAINSBURY'S and Boots are going into partnership with their announcement today that the food store's Warren Heath branch, on the outskirts of Ipswich, will be a first in the country to have an in-store link with the pharmacy chain.

The unique trial was due to begin early next year but preparations have gone so well that the first store will now open on October 20.

Customers will now benefit from an enhanced health and beauty offer months ahead of the expected opening date, as Boots range of 10,000 products replaces Sainsbury's existing range of 4,500.

The Boots site will include a pharmacy and a wide range of health and beauty goods including the pharmacy's own market leading brands.

All customers will pay for their purchases at the Sainsbury's checkouts where they will benefit from both retailers' loyalty schemes – the Advantage and Reward cards – on relevant products.

Sara Weller, Sainsbury's assistant managing director, said: "This innovative trial at the Warren Heath store will give Ipswich consumers access to a food, health and beauty offer that is unrivalled in the UK. Our customers will now be able to benefit from the combined offers of two of the country's best

and most respected quality brands under one roof. "

Martin Bryant, director of business development at Boots, said: " This is all about creating a great offer for Boots and Sainsbury's customers. We will learn a lot from Ipswich and the other trial stores we plan to open around the country.

"The link-up with Sainsbury's means it will be easier than ever for our customers to shop at Boots."

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