The shelves are being stacked and the final touches made to the new Waitrose in Teignmouth, which will open at 8am on Thursday, March 31.
Following a three-week fit out, the new branch in Lower Brook Street will be officially unveiled by Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot. She will join Waitrose Partner and former Co-op employee Joanne Gill, and opening branch manager Chris Reynard in welcoming the store’s first customers.
Waitrose Teignmouth has also confirmed that the Rowcroft Hospice, Teignmouth RNLI Lifeboat and Alice Cross Community Centre are the first local causes to benefit from its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme. At the end of the month, £1,000 will be divided between the three charities according to the number of tokens received from customers. Customers can nominate different charities each month, resulting in a total of £12,000 donated each year.
From opening, the store will also be launching its Partner volunteering initiatives which will see 250 staff working hours a year donated to local projects and causes.
Waitrose Teignmouth will be run by a team of around 130 Partners, including the former Co-op employees and 70 new members of staff. They have all become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership and as such, will be entitled to benefits including a say in how the business is run, leisure and learning subsidies and an annual bonus. Last year every employee received the equivalent of nine weeks wages in bonus, so a significant proportion of profits will remain within the local community.
(from a press release)