The food shop was unveiled by two of the branch’s new Partners – Wendy Ridgley, a former Co-op employee who has worked at the store for 34 years and Ian Huggett, who is one of 120 new members of staff recruited to join the 76 former Co-op employees.
Wendy, who is 66, started working at the store just six months after it first opened in 1981. She said: “There’s lots of excitement locally about the new Waitrose, so it’s great to be part of the opening. I’ve worked on the checkouts since I was 32, so have got to know a lot of the customers over the years and look forward to continuing to serve them as a Waitrose employee.”
A former BT engineer, Ian (62) has come out of retirement to join Waitrose and is looking forward to his new role working in the fresh department. He said: “It’s a bit daunting moving into something new, but I am really looking forward to getting started, and meeting and serving the customers.
“I’d worked as a BT engineer for over 40 years and after retiring in November last year, started to get a little bored. I wanted to do something that I would enjoy and that was completely different to anything I’d ever done before, so applied to work for Waitrose.”
From today, Waitrose will be launching a number of initiatives to help support the local community in Wollaton. Every month, it will donate £1,000 to local charities and groups nominated by customers as part of its Community Matters scheme. The first causes to benefit will be Tasty Tuesdays, a service which offers a free hot meal to those who are struggling with money or can’t afford gas or electricity; Jigsaw, which helps young people with Aspergers syndrome and high functioning autism to develop social and life skills; and the 32nd Boys Brigade, which provides a wide range of activities for boys and young men from 5-18 years of age.
Staff will also provide 250 hours of their time each year to causes through the Waitrose Partner Volunteering programme.
Ian Fraser, branch manager at Waitrose Wollaton said: “We’d like to thank everyone that has shown their support and given us a warm welcome in Wollaton. We’re really looking forward to greeting our new customers, becoming an active part of the local community and helping to attract even more shoppers to the area.”
Waitrose acquired the Co-op store in Wollaton in November 2014 and received over 1,800 job applications from people keen to work at the branch. As members of the John Lewis Partnership, all employees will be entitled to exclusive benefits, including leisure and learning subsidies, and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.
The multi-million pound investment in the Trowell Road branch will provide shoppers with the latest Waitrose offer, including meat, fish, deli and cheese counters, an extensive wine department, a bakery with an eat-in area, and a new café with indoor and outdoor seating. The post office will remain within the store and the petrol station will be run by Waitrose Partners.
Customers will be able to use the John Lewis Click and Collect Service in Wollaton and the Waitrose Delivery Service will be available from 14th April, providing shoppers with the option to have their purchases delivered to their homes at a convenient time.
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