Waitrose has confirmed that its new store in Lower Brook Street, Teignmouth, will open on Thursday, March 13 2014.
The existing Co-op store, which was acquired by Waitrose in November last year, ceased trading on Saturday, February 15 and the keys handed over to Waitrose on February 20.
The Waitrose team will then refurbish the building into a new branch, which will provide customers with the full Waitrose offer. The store will include meat, fish, and cheese counters as well as a new café. From April, the Waitrose Delivery Service will also be available in Teignmouth, providing shoppers with the option to have their purchases delivered to their homes at a convenient time.
The new store will be run by a team of around 130 Partners, including the existing Co-op employees and approximately 70 new members of staff.
Partners are each entitled to a say in how the business is run, as well as a share of the profits in the form of a yearly bonus, which last year, equated to nine weeks wages. When the store officially opens its doors, it will be launching a number of initiatives to help support the local community. Every month, it will donate £1,000 to local charities and groups nominated by customers as part of its Community Matters scheme. Staff will also provide 250 hours of their time each year to causes through the Waitrose Partner Volunteering programme.
Chris Reynard, opening branch manager for Waitrose Teignmouth said: “We’ve reached an exciting stage with work due to start to fully refit the store and convert it into a modern new branch. We’ve created around 70 new jobs and have a fantastic team in place ready to welcome our new customers in three weeks time.”
During the refurbishment process, Waitrose would also like to notify people that it will be necessary to close part of the car park along Bickford Lane in order to carry out the works, and apologises in advance for any inconvenience this causes. This closure includes the underground car park but the top third will remain open to the public.
(from a press release)