Town centre toilets open to public 

28/09/10
StoreLoo
: Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development and Regeneration and Rob Collins, manager of participating store Marks and Spencer, on Deansgate, launch the scheme

Visiting Bolton town centre is set to become more convenient with the launch of a scheme which invites the public to use in-store toilets, even when they’re not shopping.

Marks and Spencer; Debenhams; Sainsburys; Whitakers; Market Place and Crompton Place have all signed up to Bolton Council’s ‘StoreLoo’ scheme.

From today (Tuesday, September 28) shoppers and visitors simply have to look for a large black A5 sized sticker which reads “You’re welcome to use our facilities” to know that the store is participating in the initiative.

The Town Hall One Stop Shop in Victoria Square, Bolton Central Library on Le Mans Crescent and Bolton Market on Ashburner Street are also participating in the scheme.

Town hall chiefs are now approaching other town centre shops with toilet facilities to get them on board with StoreLoo.

Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development and Regeneration said: “StoreLoo means the public won’t feel embarrassed if they have to pop into a shop to use the facilities. This scheme boosts Bolton’s reputation as the friendliest destination in the North West and we’ve had very positive feedback and support from our key retailers.”

Rob Collins, Manager of participating store Marks and Spencer, on Deansgate, added: “StoreLoo is a valuable addition to our strategy to further improve the Bolton visitor experience.  We were keen to get involved and the sticker is an ideal way to let people know they are welcome to use our toilets without feeling the need to buy something in return.”

Bolton’s first town centre ‘Changing Places’ facility, for profoundly disabled people opened earlier this year in Topp Way multi-storey car park. As well as a toilet it features a changing bench and a ceiling hoist, which is operated electronically and can be used to lift people.

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