London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 08, 2008 -- Waitrose, the food shops of the John Lewis Partnership, has announced that it has entered into agreement with developers, St. Andrewâs Avenue LLP (assisted by Aquila Developments Ltd.), for the former Glyn Webb DIY store site in St. Andrewâs Avenue, Colchester to be turned into their newest store. The initial exchange of contracts was conditional to formal approval of the application by the Council, which has now been received, so work will now proceed.
While Waitrose only signed up in August, the developers already had an application to open a supermarket on the site recommended for approval by Colchester Councilâs Planning Officers. This deal continues to build on the food shopâs ambitious expansion plans, which have seen the supermarket develop into a national brand over the last five years.
The new Waitrose supermarket will have a retail area of 23,000sq ft and will offer 222 car parking spaces for shoppers. Work will start on converting the store in January 2009 with an anticipated opening in October next year. Up to 150 job opportunities will be created for the local community. As employees in the John Lewis Partnership, they will be entitled to a share in annual profits, shopping discounts and a say in how the business is run.
Waitrose Director of Development, Nigel Keen, said: âThere is a real passion for quality food here and we welcome the opportunity to bring Waitrose to Colchester for the first time so people can discover more about our brand. We pride ourselves on becoming part of the fabric of a town and we look forward to playing an important role in adding to the vibrancy of the town and offering more choice for the local community.â
Tony Chambers, on behalf of the developers, added: âWe are delighted Waitrose has committed itself to the scheme. We believe this will create a real focal point for people in Colchester and provide them with key services at the heart of their community.â
The shop will offer a wide range of quality fresh foods and groceries, an award-winning wine collection, specialist meat, fish and cheese counters together with a bakery and delicatessen.
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