Waitrose anniversaries 2013

Photo:Experimental blue van 1963

Experimental blue van 1963

John Lewis Partnership archive collection

Photo:Guildford opening day crowds 1963

Guildford opening day crowds 1963

John Lewis Partnership archive collection

Photo:Waitrose Woodley school leaver recruits 1983

Waitrose Woodley school leaver recruits 1983

The Gazette

By Linda Moroney

1913 - 100 years - Acton Lane and Churchfield Road Acton opened. Both now closed branches.

1938 - 75 years - First time that Waitrose Partners received Partnership Benefit Shares. Each Benefit Share Certificate could be sold for over £1 - ‘these documents are valuable and should be carefully kept’. - November 1938

Letter from Golders Green Partners, Gazette 18.6.1938

“It is our first experience of a direct share in the profits, although we have had it in other ways in the past, and, judging by the feeling it has created, I am quite sure your new Waitrose Partners will do their utmost to ensure that the allotment will be even larger next year.”

1963 - 50 years (July) Experimental blue van came into commission. ‘A departure from the traditional green, it has a gay pale blue body, set off by a white roof, with bold black and white lettering on the sides.’ ‘The trolley motif on the side gives an immediate visual impression of a supermarket, even if the van is travelling at speed.’

1963 -  50 years

Guildford supermarket opens.

1973 - 40 years

March - Waitrose East Sheen opens.

June - Waitrose Kingsthorpe opens.

October - Waitrose Cirencester opened in its original location in 1973. The branch relocated in 1995.

October - Waitrose Weybridge opens.

October - Waitrose Leighton Buzzard opens.

November - Waitrose Westbury Park opens.

1983 - 30 years

May - Waitrose Woodley 180 opens (30 years in this branch, previously branch 143, opened 1970).

November - Waitrose Goldsworth Park opens.

1988 - 25 years

March - New Waitrose Milton Keynes opens less than half a mile from original store.

March - Waitrose Richmond opens.

October - Waitrose Sunningdale opens.

1993 - 20 years

July - Waitrose Bury St Edmunds opens.

August - Waitrose Bishops Stortford opens.

September - Waitrose Petersfield opens.

October - Waitrose Holloway Road opens.

November - Waitrose Stroud opens.


2003 - 10 years

April - Waitrose Belgravia opens.

May - Waitrose Mill Hill opens.

June - Waitrose  Portishead opens.

2008 - 5 years

January - Waitrose Sandhurst opens.

June - Waitrose Bayswater opens.

June - Waitrose Buckingham opens with a new ‘Market Town’ format.

July - Waitrose launches Community Matters charity scheme.

July - Waitrose St Neots opens with a new ‘Market Town’ format.

July - Waitrose Brackley opens.

July - Waitrose becomes the only food retailer in Britain to sponsor a major football club, with its name appearing on Reading FC’s new home and away kits - July.

August - Waitrose Kenilworth opens.

August - Waitrose Pontprennau opens.

September - Waitrose Eldon Square opens in Newcastle.

November - Waitrose Crewkerne opens.

November - Waitrose opens a 22,000 sq ft store at the London Westfield shopping centre, near Shepherds Bush.

November - Waitrose opens its first branch in Dubai - December.

December - Waitrose Edgeware opens.

December - Waitrose Chiswick opens.

December  - Waitrose Clapham opens.

December - Waitrose opens its first convenience shop at Trinity Square, Nottingham.









This page was added by Linda Moroney on 31/12/2012.