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Memories from an anonymous contributor:
My father, Kenneth Ward, worked for the company during the 1960s. Initially he managed the Islington Branch at 318 Essex Road. It was previously the Merton Wine Stores, before it was acquired by Findlaters. I still have the brass sign that was on the front door. He also looked after other branches at Woodford, Winchmore Hill, Muswell Hill and Crouch End. They offered the most amazing selection of fine wines. Many customers had an account and wines, beers and spirits were delivered. I remember helping him as a young boy to make the deliveries all over north London. He was always very complimentary of the company, especially Ronnie Todd Young. The Islington site was relocated further along the parade when the building was redeveloped along with some adjacent shops and a bomb site together with a small factory. It was replaced by a petrol station.
Where are the people now in the photo up there top of page, I worked with most of them in 1986/87 we had some good times
This has made me laugh. I worked for Waitrose in Woodley January – September 1983. I was 19/20. I started on a Management Training Programme. Those were in the days when the old store closed closed at 18:00. Monday mornings was a late opening so we could do stock taking! I worked on the Non-Food Section and Rebecca Tomlin was my manager. Her husband, Gary, was Fruit & Veg. Manager. I think they moved to Sussex. Neil Wheatman was there at that time too. Susie Mears worked evenings and weekends. I remember Ken being very fussy about what you could or could not ‘display’ when working on the tills! All tattoos had to be covered and only one set of earrings! He was so funny…and naughty! Was Janice Ternent short and blonde? I seem to remember a Janice who was on the Graduate Training Programme at the time. In fact, when I was working for Savills Estate agents in Sunningdale (2005-2012) I remember popping into Waitrose to get my lunch and I’m sure Janice ‘was suited and booted’ on the shop floor. Clearly, she made a career out of it. Fun days but the ‘Supermarket Sweep’ wasn’t the career I desired!