Battersea

Photo:BM Ed Caswell (front left) oversees the official opening.

BM Ed Caswell (front left) oversees the official opening.

WR Chronicle 26th Nov 2015

Photo:Front of store

Front of store

WR Chronicle 26th Nov 2015

Photo:Freshly prepared sushi

Freshly prepared sushi

WR Chronicle 26th Nov 2015

Photo:Sushi artisans

Sushi artisans

WR Chronicle 26th Nov 2015

Photo:The planned sky pool.

The planned sky pool.

WR Chronicle 26th Nov 2015

Nine Elms, Battersea, London

By Emma Summerell

On the 19th November 2015, Waitrose Battersea opened it's doors. Branch Manager Ed Caswell, watched as his Partners welcomed customers into the store for the first time.

Battersea Partners were recruited using a new way of hiring. The branch has 100 Partners in total, which is 40 less than an equivalent store. This means each Partner works a minimum of 20 hours a week, over three shifts. This will enable Partners to feel more involved as they are in branch more often.

The branch itself, sits on 18,000 square feet of space. It includes meat and fish service counters, a juice bar plus a bakery with an 'eat in' area. The branch has an extensive wine department and offers customers services such as click and collect, quick check, dry cleaning and laundery services.

Launched in co-operation with european market leader, Sushi Daily, is the branches fresh sushi bar. Skilled sushi artisan's freshly prepare customer's orders taken at the counter.

Customer parking is available beneath the store, in a 138 space underground car park.

One entrance to the branch will pass under a 'world first' sky pool. When finished the swimming pool, which is suspended between two buildings, will be 90ft long, 19ft wide and have a water depth of 4ft. The pool will be encased in 8 inches of water, preventing swimmers from falling the 35ft down to land!

 

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