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23 Jun 2016

Julian Knight MP opens new Solihull Waitrose

Waitrose Solihull

Julian Knight MP officially unveiled Solihull’s new Waitrose on Homer Road on 23rd June.

The MP for Solihull was joined by branch manager, Ben Service, as well as six-year-old Jack from St Alphege Infant and Nursery School and eight-year-old Megan from St. Augustine’s Primary School, who won a competition to design a poster for the store’s new coffee shop.

Mr Knight said: “I was delighted to officially open the new Waitrose store in Solihull. Attracting quality retailers to our town is something which I, and local residents, are passionate about. The opening of Waitrose will complement the existing John Lewis store and provide excellent food and grocery items.

“The opening of Waitrose reaffirms what a great place Solihull is to do business, but also brings more new jobs, helping to maintain our town’s enviable employment record.”

Waitrose Solihull has created 100 jobs with all new employees becoming Partners in 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.

Branch manager, Ben Service, said: “Following a multi-million-pound investment, we are proud to be opening in Solihull and are really pleased that Mr Knight could join us to help unveil the new branch.

“Everyone in our 100-strong team is looking forward to providing the local community with a fantastic new shopping experience, including our latest products and services.”

The store has also become only the fifth Waitrose in the country to feature a sushi counter, which is manned by skilled sushi chefs who will prepare fresh products in front of customers throughout the day. The shop includes meat and fish counters, and a café bar with indoor and outing seating.

Waitrose has also launched two community-focused initiatives to support local charities and projects in the area which have been nominated by its Solihull customers.

Its Partner Volunteering programme will provide 250 staff hours each year and its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme will see £1,000 shared between three causes every month.    

The first to benefit from the Community Matters initiative will be Signpost Inclusion, which offers support to families of children and young people with additional needs, Sunfield Children’s Home, and the Charlie Ramsey Research Fund, which raises money for research for babies and children born with half a heart.  



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