Chesham 130

Wladzia Tanska posing as a customer of the new deli
Waitrose Chronicle June 1987
'130' in June 1987 was the 'in the limelight' branch
Waitrose Chronicle 6 June 1987

Mrs Tanska reminisces

When Elaine Spencer, Partnership Area Visitor, last spent time with Wladzia Tanska to confirm that her story ‘Changing Places’ had been published on the Waitrose Memorystore (Celebrities Great & Small) it wasn’t long before they started reminiscing about her old branch Chesham 130. Wladzia worked as a cashier and joined the Partnership in June 1970.

Waitrose ‘130’ opened in High Street Chesham in 1969 and traded until 1989 (almost 20 years) when the store closed and the business relocated to ‘192’ The Backs in Chesham, on 13th June 1989.

Wladzia told Elaine that she remembers part of the team remaining in ‘130’ keeping the business going right up to closing time on the Saturday night, whilst the remainder of the team plus Partners from other branches worked vigorously to prepare ‘192’ for the opening.  “It was a very exciting time, there was a real buzz, we had new uniforms and the new shop was to offer a full assortment”.

Comments about this page

  • Mar 2021 – I am planning to write an article about the original Waitrose store for The Chesham Society’s newsletter, Focus and would like to use any memories, reminiscences or photos you may have. I hope to hear from you in due course.
    Yours sincerely,

    By John Graves (17/03/2021)
  • I was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager from Chiswick where I had been the Grocery Section Manager.
    I joined Ged Siney, Branch Manager and Steve Shore, Deputy Branch Manager.
    Another one of the branches that have closed since I worked there!

    By Derek Morley (20/02/2021)

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