Although mainly known for its photo booths, the instant services company Photo-Me International is looking into installing laundry equipment in supermarket car parks and entrances.
The aim of installing industrial washing machines and dryers in these locations is to provide supermarket customers with an affordable and convenient way to get their washing done, at the same time as doing their grocery shopping.
At present, Photo-Me is trialling the idea in Europe. The company has been running trial schemes in both France and Belgium for around three years, and it is now gathering feedback on whether the scheme would work in the UK and whether there is a demand for such a service amongst British shoppers.
In Europe, the cost for customers has been around 8 Euros (6.45) for a large load and an extra 1 Euro (81p) for a drying cycle. The cost may be higher, however, once the service is finally rolled out in the UK. As the machines will be industrial sized, they are expected to be used for hard-to-wash items such as duvets and other types of bedding, which consumers may find difficult or expensive to wash elsewhere.