Ashford, (Kent) one of the UK’s fastest-growing towns, was aglow with news that Waitrose was opening its doors for the first time on Bonfire Night 2009.
Waitrose Ashford provided a boost to local jobs and suppliers. The 17 787 sq ft store has created a further 154 jobs for the area.
Local suppliers have also benefited as contracts were extended with 13 local and regional producers. One such local producer, Simply Ice Cream, based just 5 miles from the branch, came to the store from midday onwards to give customers the opportunity to sample three of their favourite flavours.
Branch Manager Dave said ‘It’s great to be finally opening. The amount of work that has gone into the shop’s design has been incredible and the store looks amazing. We’re looking forward to becoming part of the community and continuing to show our commitment to the area.’
As part of the commitment the Branch sponsored the local charity bonfire and fireworks display that took place on 6th November.
Chronicle Vol 69. No 46.