Waitrose Andover

Waitrose 168 opened in the town centre of Andover on 6th October 1970. On the same morning, a large Tesco opened in Andover with an official ceremony performed by celebrities. However Waitrose was able to attract a large number of customers and by 11 o’clock trading was quite brisk.

The manager was Mr R G Jenner, who was previously the deputy manager at Henley. Andover was the third largest supermarket in 1970, employing 110 Partners.

In August 1990, Waitrose Andover relocated to a new branch, but still within the Chantry Centre. The new shop was able to offer an expanded assortment, and an even better standard of service. All Partners were enthusiastic about the move. “The old branch still looked remarkably good” said Mr Fred Baker, assistant SM on wines, who had been at the branch since it opened in 1970. “But when I saw the new shop I realised that it had got a bit dated.”

“Transferring a branch is rather different from opening a new one as you have two operations on the go at the same time.” said Mr McLauchlan. “You are preparing the new shop while at the same time the old branch must be run as efficiently as possible. The aim is still to have every line available up to the last minute but to have as little stock as possible to be transferred when the branch closes.”

There were 12 main checkouts plus two in the wine department. “The tills will all be equipped with an electronic system to take debit cards such as Switch.”

Some 70 extra Partners were recruited for the new shop. Mrs Linda Conduct was one of the new Partners: she started work at the old branch: “I had a lot to learn but it has been very interesting. I went to Romsey to train on the salad bar and I am looking forward to dealing with that in the new shop.”

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  • I started work as a Weekend assistant in the old 140 in readiness for the move to 168. I spent several weeks manning the collection point on the back door in the roasting heat of summer behind the big black concertina doors. Then trained on the checkouts and to cover the phones in the office when we moved over to the shiny new shop. Mr Mac was an amazing BM sadly missed. He arranged for me to have an interview for the A level training scheme and 25 years later I left as BM at Morningside in Edinburgh.

    By David Lincoln (03/06/2021)
  • 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

    By Vanessa Evans was Braint (09/05/2020)
  • Covered John Mac on a number of occasions as Duty Manager.


    By Derek Morley (12/03/2015)
  • Andover opened as 140 and then took Milton Keynes original 168 number in 1990 on relocation. MK relocated as 115 in 1988 thereby releasing 168. Re-using old branch numbers was common at time after a 2 year gap to allow outstanding admin to be cleared from the system. In later years this time gap proved to be inadequate re-using old numbers was stopped in 1993 with Buckhurst Hill (102 was the original Epsom) and Holloway Road (112 was the original Banstead).

    By Terry Hammond (08/08/2013)
  • I’m sure that this branch was 140 all the time I was Group G staff manager (’79 – ’87). Remember John McLauchlan so well. Actually, they were originally Group A but transferred to Tony O’Sullivan around 1984?

    By Alison Debenham (Sheward) (25/07/2013)

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