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06 Jan 2016

Waitrose to open new Leicestershire branch

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Waitrose, the food shops of the John Lewis Partnership, has today announced that it has reached an agreement with Booker Retail Partners GB to acquire its shop on Granite Way in Mountsorrel.

It will become only the sixth Waitrose shop in Leicestershire and its first branch to open in the county since 2012. 

The Budgens staff employed at the branch will transfer to Waitrose and a further 40 jobs will be created as part of the multi-million pound investment it is making in the store. Recruitment is expected to start in February via its website www.jlpjobs.com.

All employees will become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership and as such will have a stake in the success of the business, a say in how it is run and a share in profits. Last year existing Partnership employees received the equivalent of almost six weeks’ wages in bonus so a significant proportion of profits remain in the communities in which Waitrose serve.

The Mountsorrel branch will continue to trade until the end of February. It will then be handed over to Waitrose in late March with the new shop opening in late spring 2016.

Waitrose has also announced it will be launching its Community Matters and Partner Volunteering schemes which will see £6,000 and 100 hours donated to local causes nominated by customers each year.

Nigel Keen, Director of Development at Waitrose, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to bring the Waitrose brand to Mountsorrel and we cannot wait to welcome our new customers in the spring. We look forward to becoming part of the community and making a positive contribution to the area for many years to come.” 

For further information, please contact:
James Armstrong -Waitrose Communications Manager - 01344 824657/07764 676880/ james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk

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