Branch closures announced July 2019

18th July 2019

Waitrose & Partners has exchanged contracts for the sale of four shops to other parties (figures provided are shop sales areas):

  • Bromley (Burnt Ash Lane), South East London – 14,812 sq ft
  • Oadby, Leicestershire – 24,467 sq ft
  • Sandhurst, Berkshire – 18,259
  • Wollaton, Nottinghamshire 22,500 sq ft

Bromley, Oadby and Wollaton are being acquired by Lidl; the party acquiring Sandhurst has asked not to be named at this time.
The retailer will also be closing a further three shops:

  • Marlow, Buckinghamshire – 8,007 sq ft
  • Stevenage, Hertfordshire – 14,506 sq ft
  • Waterside, British Airways Headquarters, near Heathrow – 520 sq ft

Waitrose & Partners Director of shop trade Mark Gifford said:

“We haven’t taken this decision lightly but we have to do what’s right for the business as a whole … despite the best efforts of everyone involved, we haven’t been able to find a way to make these shops profitable in the long term.

Our priority now is the wellbeing and future of our Partners in these shops. We will do everything we can to support them and will explore opportunities for anyone wishing to remain with the Partnership.”

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