Lymington 139

Lymington 139
A new Waitrose supermarket at Lymington, Hampshire, began trading on Tuesday  3rd November. lt is the last of the present series of closely spaced openings scheduled for this year (1970). There will now be a pause in branch openings, covering the decimalisation period, and the next opening is scheduled for the middle of next year.
Trading at Lymington on opening day was reported as being ‘brisk’ with many local people coming to experience the new store.
The newly built branch was designed by architects to be modern but with a ‘character’ feel which would allow it to fit into the Hampshire town. The site had previously been a corn merchants and a cinema before that.
The branch has 7,200 feet of selling space (slightly smaller than previous branches opened this year) and offers customers the full range of Waitrose departments, including delicatessen and wine. Customers can park in the branch’s 45 space car park or they may use the 200 space public car park adjacent to the branch.
The Gazette (internal magazine) reported the opening on the 7th November 1970   and listed the branch management  –
“The management staff under Mr Palmer (Branch Manager) are:
deputy manager—Mr B Barlow, previously deputy manager at Romsey,
branch clerk -Miss W Wort, previously deputy branch clerk at Cowplain,
checkout manager – N Tuckfield, previously a supervisor in Woolworths,
grocery manager—Mr M Portsmouth, previously the same position at Hounslow,
non-food manager—Mr P Williams, previously the same position at Brighton,
provisions manager – Mr R Stanley, previously trainee,
delicatessen manager – Mr Wilson,  previously first hand fruit and vegetables at Brighton,
produce (fruit and vegetable) manager –  Mr I Enderby, previously non food manager at Wokingham,
meat manager – Mr A White, previously a supervisor with Cadbury foods and with
Sainsbury,
wine manager – Mr B Woozley. previously the same position at Kenton,
and warehouse manager – Mr A Thompson. previously a trainee”

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