Waitrose Streatham was acquired on 5th April 1948. The Gazette announced the acquisition, welcoming “The old established grocery and provision business formerly carried on by Messrs. T Wilkey Ltd at 558 High Road. We welcome Mr W H Kearnon and his team to the Partnership and hope that in it they will find happiness and prosperity.” Mr Kearon went on to manage the shop until closure in 1963.
The branch then relocated to No.123-127 Streatham High Road, which used to be the premises for Messrs. George Pratt & Company. The branch became the Partnership’s first supermarket on 6 September 1955. It had 2,500 square feet of selling space – just less than a tennis court! The fascia was in eggshell green vitriolite, with neon-lit lettering in dark green perspex and sheet bronze. Opening hours were 8.30am to 6pm with half day closing on Wednesday and a late night on Friday.
Pratts of Streatham, already a branch department store of the John Lewis Partnership, produced a leaflet to promote the new supermarket: “Pratts customers are strongly recommended to try this modern method of buying in speed and comfort from a wide selection of foods.”