Waitrose anniversaries 2013

Experimental blue van 1963 | John Lewis Partnership archive collection
Experimental blue van 1963
John Lewis Partnership archive collection
Guildford opening day crowds 1963 | John Lewis Partnership archive collection
Guildford opening day crowds 1963
John Lewis Partnership archive collection
Waitrose Woodley school leaver recruits 1983 | The Gazette
Waitrose Woodley school leaver recruits 1983
The Gazette

1913 – 100 years – Acton Lane and Churchfield Road Acton opened. Both now closed branches.

1938 – 75 years – First time that Waitrose Partners received Partnership Benefit Shares. Each Benefit Share Certificate could be sold for over £1 – ‘these documents are valuable and should be carefully kept’. – November 1938

Letter from Golders Green Partners, Gazette 18.6.1938

“It is our first experience of a direct share in the profits, although we have had it in other ways in the past, and, judging by the feeling it has created, I am quite sure your new Waitrose Partners will do their utmost to ensure that the allotment will be even larger next year.”

196350 years (July) Experimental blue van came into commission. ‘A departure from the traditional green, it has a gay pale blue body, set off by a white roof, with bold black and white lettering on the sides.’ ‘The trolley motif on the side gives an immediate visual impression of a supermarket, even if the van is travelling at speed.’

1963 –  50 years

Guildford supermarket opens.

1973 – 40 years

March – Waitrose East Sheen opens.

June – Waitrose Kingsthorpe opens.

October – Waitrose Cirencester opened in its original location in 1973. The branch relocated in 1995.

October – Waitrose Weybridge opens.

October – Waitrose Leighton Buzzard opens.

November – Waitrose Westbury Park opens.

1983 – 30 years

May – Waitrose Woodley 180 opens (30 years in this branch, previously branch 143, opened 1970).

November – Waitrose Goldsworth Park opens.

1988 – 25 years

March – New Waitrose Milton Keynes opens less than half a mile from original store.

March – Waitrose Richmond opens.

October – Waitrose Sunningdale opens.

1993 – 20 years

July – Waitrose Bury St Edmunds opens.

August – Waitrose Bishops Stortford opens.

September – Waitrose Petersfield opens.

October – Waitrose Holloway Road opens.

November – Waitrose Stroud opens.

 

2003 – 10 years

April – Waitrose Belgravia opens.

May – Waitrose Mill Hill opens.

June – Waitrose  Portishead opens.

2008 – 5 years

January – Waitrose Sandhurst opens.

June – Waitrose Bayswater opens.

June – Waitrose Buckingham opens with a new ‘Market Town’ format.

July – Waitrose launches Community Matters charity scheme.

July – Waitrose St Neots opens with a new ‘Market Town’ format.

July – Waitrose Brackley opens.

July – Waitrose becomes the only food retailer in Britain to sponsor a major football club, with its name appearing on Reading FC’s new home and away kits – July.

August – Waitrose Kenilworth opens.

August – Waitrose Pontprennau opens.

September – Waitrose Eldon Square opens in Newcastle.

November – Waitrose Crewkerne opens.

November – Waitrose opens a 22,000 sq ft store at the London Westfield shopping centre, near Shepherds Bush.

November – Waitrose opens its first branch in Dubai – December.

December – Waitrose Edgeware opens.

December – Waitrose Chiswick opens.

December  – Waitrose Clapham opens.

December – Waitrose opens its first convenience shop at Trinity Square, Nottingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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