The Altrincham branch opened on 15/10/2009, and at the time was our greenest branch so far.
The 20,800sq feet branch is built on a former National Trust property overlooking green fields in Cheshire. The building encompasses a whole host of environmental initiatives – one of which is its unique water-cooled refrigeration system which cuts its carbon footprint by 20% and was a first in UK retail.
The introduction of the water-cooled refrigeration system follows on from our announcement in June that year that we would no longer be using conventional HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) refrigerants, which have a high global -warming potential, in our new and major refitted shops from the end of that year.
‘The National Trust has given up this land to a company like Waitrose whose values they respect. In conjunction with the National Trust we have been able to build this very fine branch loaded with green credentials.’ says BM Steve Long.
‘We worked very closely with the National Trust to ensure that we put initiatives into the design and construction of this branch to make it as environmentally sensitive as possible .’ says Steve Isaia, Head of Feasibility and Maintenance.
The branch has 176 non-management Partners who are brand new to the Partnership, a team of ten management Partners who have transferred from other branches and three who have moved from John Lewis, one from Trafford and two from Cheadle. The recruitment team received more than 1200 applications.
Chronicle. Vol 69. No 43.