Waitrose Dorking [527, 107, 755]: Opening

Waitrose Dorking 527 opened on 16th October 2014.
The following article appeared in the Partnership in-house magazine at the time.
Waitrose Dorking opened on Thursday 16th October 2014, 18 months after the original branch in the same location closed.  107, 527, 755
Although brand new, the 25 000 sq ft branch already has a very strong legacy in the Surrey town. The original 9 000 sq ft branch was built in 1961 and was one of our most successful shops to trade outside London. It stood until May 2013 when it closed down and temporarily transferred down the high street to the 3 000 sq ft ‘Dinky Dorking’ which ceased trading at 5pm the previous week.
The branch now boasts a huge café, a new meat counter, an attractive new wine department, a new bakery, a new Welcome Desk and a juice bar.
The 280 Partners in the new branch come from a variety of places. While 170 are brand new to the Partnership, 70 are original Dorking Partners.
Customers were excited on opening morning, queuing outside before the doors opened.
In keeping with the rest of the High Street, the branch has been built with different finishes on the front to create the appearance of a number of small shop units. Construction Project Manager Ken explains. ‘From the public’s point of view, if they look at the rest of the high street they see little boutique shops everywhere, so it looks like that from the outside, but inside it is one huge shop. That way it fits better into the high street’.

Chronicle Vol 74 No 39

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