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I remember all the names you’ve listed vividly, Maisie rings a bell, what was her maiden name ?
I’d failed a couple of driving tests at that so was using public transport from Hayes in Kent everyday, bus, train and tube. I did cycle in up and over Crystal Palace a few times though.
My interest is in the Gerrards Cross store. I should remember it, having arrived in GX in January 1969 but there were so many food stores, it did not find a place in my memory.
I have taken several photos of the shops now occupying the same sites.
I had thought of writing to Waitrose about it but perhaps there is a better forum. Who would like to be updated?
Surprisingly difficult to photo, especially the wine store picture.
Waitrose was my first and last job in England, before I left for Canada in 1969, with my wife Maisie. I met Maisie at Waitrose she was a cashier to start with.
Did you drive a mini minor?
I have many memories, Mr. West, Mr. Mack, Mr. Brown,
Mr. Cowell and many more. The ladies were many to,
Eileen, Betty, Doreen, Anne, Bessy, to name a few.
My first Department manager was Fred o Dell, fruit & veg.
I have many memories it took me many years to get
The number 53 out of my mind.
The main character of slough 105 will always be Doreen Carty. What an amazing woman
Blimey a picture with John keen and Dave Webb and the cheeky assistant branch manager just brilliant
the photo above is the warehouse, you can see the small lift in the far right which means the main part of the picture is of what was left of the upstairs winestore and the racking between. Mill Hill store had opened on the previous Thursday and Finchley (it’s closest store) and some of Finchley’s Partners were working at Mill Hill to help out with the opening, over the next few weeks Partners helped out at stores in the vicinity, Whetstone, Brent Cross and others. When Finchley was safe enough to go into the Partners went back and helped clean up and restock, even though building was still going on in the branch.
it was one of the biggest fires in London, I believe second only to Alexandra Palace burning a few years previously and was not under control until late in the afternoon.
From a private journal held within The John Lewis Partnership Archives I can tell you that there was not a Findlater Mackie & Todd store in Seaford between 1931 – 1961.
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I remember you Richard when I was Manager Layouts and we were trying to resolve your layout issues.
Having a guided tour of the warehouse in what was the cinema balcony was a surreal memory.
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I am looking at the history of the Findlater wine store that was in the High Street in Seaford East Sussex. The date would be around the early 50s /60s, possibly earlier.
I wonder if you could help me as I have until now found nothing relating to a store in Seaford. The building is still as it stood in those days when it sold wines and spirits. Not knowing the date I do know that there was a fire in the wine store to the rear of the shop, I was looking out of my bedroom window wondering what all of the noise was about.
I hope you can help me go back to those times to make my picture of all of the shops that were in the high street at that time.
I thank you for taking the time to read this and hope to hear from you in the near future. Thank you.
I remember this event which took place back in 1998 well! Team members were from top left, Pete Benifer, Mark Dunster, Danny Kinsey, Steve Cox, Mark Daniels & myself, Steve Simner. An awesome team who won many events including the UK & Ireland Corporate Games later that year & also the first Waitrose go-karting Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1999 which consisted of 36 teams of 6 partners. Happy happy days!
So many happy memories when I worked there between 1976 and 1984. I remember the night fill team, pre-picking, riots coming toward us from the town when I was the key holder and overseeing maintenance work etc. Anyone else remember these times?
That’s an interesting discussion point, as our internal systems quote 07 October 1937 as the opening date. Could this be the date it opened as Cope’s?
Waitrose Ely opened on Tuesday 10 March 1992, on the site of the old Cattle Market in the city. It was a few more years until the rest of the site around the branch was redeveloped, when the car park was remodelled to allow for The Cloisters development which opened in 2000. The first branch manager was George (?) Green, who was followed by Brian Cooper in 1995 until 2000.
if you check out, on Google street view, the address of the store in the photo at the top of the page (190 Acton Lane) you will see that the premises are still standing but are now residential. What was the old store entrance is now a window.
I worked at St. Albans Waitrose from about 1981 until 1985. Mr Turnbull was the manager when I arrived he lived a few doors away from me in Kings rd. I still have vivid memories of many of the staff. I still tell the story of when calls for Chris Mystery were put out over the tannoy ‘Christmas tree’. Eric Morecambe was often seen shopping in the store I used to spend most of my breaks playing snooker with my old mate Howard. In those days many of the staff could remember the prices of most of the products in the store as we would put price labels on all items you wont find that anywhere now ha.
The new store maybe 764 but the store that originally was there from 1987 to shortly after 2004 was actually store 187. I worked there when it was store 187, I left in 2004 as I moved out of London to the coast.
The store was in a slightly different location to the new store. They moved it further down the old car park where some old units were that John Lewis owned. I believe they were renting them and waiting for the leases to expire. I don’t have the date when the 187 store closed as I had left. I would of liked to have seen the move and change, would of been quite interesting. Was always interesting working in an empty supermarket at night, I did the evening shift.
What a striking design it was then, far more colour than used now. It’s time to bring back bold bright colours using citrus fruits, fruit drinks and colourful vegetables. Or even better by transferring our super TV adverts to the bags. The dishes and tractors have had their day. And cease using the hateful 5p bags which encourages laziness.
Very interesting section on Findlater Mackie Todd. However there is further interest, particularly to customers near the Hove Western Road branch of Waitrose. What you could add to the story is that Findlater bought Robins who were located in Waterloo Street, very close to Waitrose. My Grandfather worked for Robins which then became Findlater which then became Findlater Mackie. There is a strong link between the ideals of the current JL Partnership and Robins in the way that the then Director of Robins looked after their staff through the lean times of WW1. I have access to a notebook written by the Directors of Robins which records the names of those employees that went off to WW1, their regiments and what happened to them. The Directors also made financial awards/gifts of goods needed by the families of the employees one such being my Grandmother who received a “spittoon” for her son (my Father). Very much in the tradition of the John Lewis Partnership.
What a fantastic website. Really lovely to see the history about the successful waitrose. The story of Mr Wait , Mr Rose and Mr Taylor is certainly a good one and one certainly not to be forgotten. It would be nice to see more of the history of waitrose displayed in the branches today.
Me too with fond memories… the Butchery was my first work experience… and it really was an experience, sawdust on the floor, washing out the steel bone bins and being a Saturday weekender, being hung up on a meat hook in the freezer, all good banter. Good memories Waitrose… Jeff
How nice to see this sight so many memories. I remember Mr Willis and Mr humpreys. Also Jean and lyn Bruce also Bryan dovey jo harvey to name a few. It was a lovely place to work great people. Shame it closed dunstable could do with it now
A piece of Waitrose history that seems to have been missed: Wallace Wyndham Waite and his sister Bertha were born in Moat Road, East Grinstead (West Sussex) in 1881 and 1882 respectively. Bertha married Arthur Rose in 1910. So both the Waite and Rose names have links with East Grinstead. Wallace’s father William was working on the Lewes to East Grinstead railway, which was under construction at the time. Part of this line is now the Bluebell Railway. More information can be found on the Facebook page of “About East Grinstead”.
Tonbridge was the first branch that I was responsible for opening in my role as Design Guide Manager in Waitrose Development. I am currently typing up some ‘memoirs’ and anecdotes from my 41 year career with JLP.