Waitrose anniversaries 2013
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.”
1963 – 50 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.