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10 Mar 2016

Waitrose opens first branch in 2016 in High Wycombe

High Wycombe Opening

Waitrose has opened the doors to its new store in High Wycombe. Wycombe District Council Chairman, Cllr Ian McEnnis, joined branch manager Paul Taylor for the official unveiling, which was marked with a ribbon cutting before the first customers came through the doors.

Forming part of the Handy Cross redevelopment, the new branch has resulted in 100 new jobs ranging from supermarket sales assistants through to specialist positions and management. Waitrose worked closely with the local Jobcentre Plus to help recruit for the roles, helping a number of unemployed people get back into work.

All successful applicants have become members of the John Lewis Partnership, entitling them to exclusive benefits, including leisure and learning subsidies, shopping discounts and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus. This year Partnership staff received the equivalent of almost five weeks’ wages in bonus.

Waitrose has also launched a number of initiatives to support the local community. The retailer’s Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme will see £1,000 donated to local charities every month. The first causes to benefit will be the Wycombe Homeless Connection, Rennie Grove Hospice Care and the Chiltern MS Centre. Customers can nominate different charities each month, resulting in a total of £12,000 donated annually.

Paul Taylor, branch manager said: “We have made a major investment in High Wycombe, so are looking forward to making a positive contribution to the area through the quality and service we offer at the branch, our community initiatives and the 100 people we now employ.”

Cllr Ian McEnnis added: “I am delighted to welcome Waitrose to High Wycombe – and specifically to the Handy Cross Hub. The store is a fabulous complement to the new leisure centre and the coachway park and ride that opened earlier this year. In addition to offering shoppers more choice, I have no doubt that Waitrose’s community initiatives will have far reaching and long lasting benefits. May I wish everyone who works here every success for the future.”

The High Wycombe branch will provide the latest Waitrose offer, including meat, fish and deli counters, a bakery, an extensive wine department and the John Lewis ‘click and collect’ service.

It is also one of the supermarket’s first stores to include a sushi counter. The new concept was launched by Waitrose in November 2015 in co-operation with sushi bar and counter operator Sushi Daily. The counter will be manned by a skilled sushi chef who will prepare fresh products in front of customers throughout the day. A dedicated phone line will also be available for those looking to make larger orders, catering for meetings and parties.

For further information, please contact:
James Armstrong -Waitrose Communications Manager - 01344 824657/07764 676880/


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