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03 Aug 2017

Waitrose becomes first retailer to open in Addlestone One development as it unveils its new store

Waitrose Addlestone

Waitrose has officially opened its new store in Addlestone this morning, becoming the first retailer to open in the Addlestone One development in the town centre.

The convenience shop was unveiled by The Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Iftikhar Chaudhri, along with a representative from one of the first local causes chosen to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme - Shooting Star Chase (a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families).

They joined Branch Manager Jason Latchman and his team in cutting the ribbon and welcoming the store’s first customers. 

The Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Iftikhar Chaudhri, said:

“I am absolutely delighted in having the honour of opening Waitrose as the first store in our prestigious Addlestone One development. I know the store will be a huge asset and success for the residents of Runnymede.”

Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said:  

“Shooting Star Chase is thrilled to be joining the Mayor of Runnymede to open this wonderful new branch of Waitrose at what is an exciting time for the Addlestone One development. As a charity caring for local children with life-limiting conditions, we are so grateful to be one of the first organisations benefiting from the ‘green token’ scheme – which will go a long way in making every moment count for the families we support.”

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and The Eikon Charity will join Shooting Star Chase as the first three local causes to benefit from the store’s Community Matters scheme. At the end of the month, £500 will be shared between the three groups according to the number of tokens received from customers. Customers can continue to nominate different good causes each month, resulting in a total of £6,000 donated each year.

In addition, Waitrose Addlestone Partners will volunteer around 50 hours to local causes throughout the course of the year.  

The new 6,000sq ft store will provide more than 10,000 food and drink products, as well as a fresh bakery and John Lewis ‘click and collect’ service for online purchases.

The shop has created 30 new jobs, with many employees living locally in Addlestone. All employees have become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s oldest and largest employee owned business, entitling them to benefits including learning and leisure subsidies, shopping discounts and a share in the company’s annual profits in the form of an annual bonus.

Branch manager, Jason Latchman, said:

“We’re pleased to have opened our new store today and have had a great morning welcoming our first customers through the doors. We’ve got a great team and are very much looking forward to being part of the community and providing local residents with some fantastic food and drink.”

The ‘Addlestone One’ development will also include a hotel, opening this weekend, and a gym which will open in October. A cinema, coffee shop and restaurant, together with a number of other stores, will open in 2018.

ENDS

For further information please contact Eleanor Gillingham on 01344 824916 or eleanor.gillingham@waitrose.co.uk

 

About Waitrose

Waitrose has 355 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 65 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. 

Waitrose also exports products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose's omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.  

In recent months, Waitrose has been awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming 'Best Retailer Award', Soil Association's 'Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017' and The Drinks Business' 'Retail Buying Team of the Year Award'. 

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