Waitrose Clapham Common (616) opened on 21st January 2013.
The following article appeared in the Partnership in-house magazine at the time.
The icy January weather did nothing to deter customers seeing the first Partnership store opening of 2013, at Clapham Common.
Customers and Partners alike were in high spirits when the doors were finally opened. Despite the freezing temperatures, Partners gave customers the warmest of welcomes, handing them myWaitrose loyalty cards while Store Manager, Simon, presented his first customer Nzinga with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne.
Nzinga said, ‘I’m ecstatic to be the first customer. I woke up extra early, so I could be here when the doors opened for the first time.’
Simon explained that local people have been desperate for Waitrose to open a branch in Clapham Common and, now one has opened, he said ‘I think it’s going to go down a storm with the residents. There has been a lot of anticipation.’
It seems that the local residents are not alone in wanting to get a piece of Waitrose. There was also an overwhelming number of people wanting to become part of the Waitrose family.
Some 768 people applied for the 50 positions which were filled by 40 new Partners and 10 internal Partners.
‘The calibre of partners here is second to none – they are so enthusiastic and work really well together.’ Simon enthused.
One of the new Partners at the branch is part of the Partnership’s new Apprentice Scheme. Jequaine experienced his first day in the branch on its opening day. He said, ‘It feels really good to be part of the business. I just can’t wait to get started.’
The 3000 sq. metre store was home to a fashion retailer before it was completely refurbished by Waitrose.
The branch is located adjacent to Clapham Common underground station which, Chris says, ‘Is one of the best locations in convenience.’
But what will Waitrose bring to Clapham Common? SM Jenny said,’ It is the right type of of branch for this area. By being so close to the hub, I feel it will serve the community well.’
Chronicle Vol 72 No 51