My memories of North Watford
During my training as a Section Manager for Waitrose in the early 1980s I was asked to go and help out at Waitrose North Watford. The branch, which had formerly been an old cinema, was experiencing problems with their shopping trolleys disappearing from outside the branch, only to turn up on the local housing estate, on top of bus shelters and in people’s front gardens. Therefore, it had been decided to replace the trolleys with those which you had to put a coin into to release the lock.
However, to help the customers with this new idea I was asked to stand outside the shop and explain what to do. The customers took a while, but local children soon got the idea and offered to take the trolleys back for customers and pocket the pound coins!
The shop is now a block of flats but there is a new small format Waitrose just along the road. Not much need for trolleys there.