Weybridge (157): Opening
Waitrose Weybridge opened on 2/10/1973
On the 2nd October 1973 the 47th Waitrose opened its doors. On opening, Weybridge was the second largest in the group with a selling area of 1,150 square metres or 12,377 square feet. It is part of a new block on the high street containing offices and a car park.
The 6-storey car park at the rear of the branch is shared with the adjoining offices and agreement was reached with the building freeholder for the car park spaces to be shared between the branch and the offices during office hours. After the offices closed, the whole car park could be used by Waitrose.
Weybridge is the first branch to introduce a dedicated team to restock shelves in the evenings from opening. A team of twelve Partners and a Section Manager achieved this during 4 hours at or overlapping daily branch closing. The total number of checkouts are shared between the front entrance and back entrance to the branch.
The building of the complex ran a little behind schedule and the pre-opening procedures for the branch needed to be quickened in order for it to open to schedule. The branch manager Mr G Parris was appreciative of the help given by other branches in order for the branch to open on time.
62 High Street