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The finishing touches are being made to the new Waitrose in Malmesbury, which will open at 8am on Thursday 7th August.

The new branch, on the Malmesbury bypass, will be officially unveiled by the Mayor of Malmesbury - Sue Poole, Wiltshire's Volunteer of the Year - Miriam Nicholls and Major Mick Moreton, Second in Command, 9 Regiment, representing the Royal Logistic Corps. They will all join Branch Manager, Fiona Orwin, and her new team in welcoming the store's first customers.

Mayor Sue Poole, said: "We are delighted to welcome Waitrose into the town. Many residents in Malmesbury are already familiar with the brand so to have one on their doorstep will be wonderful. We are sure it will attract more shoppers into the High Street as well as to the store."

Waitrose Malmesbury will be run by a team of over 150 Partners and will also take on a new apprentice, who will be starting in the Customer Services department. Waitrose Malmesbury has also confirmed that the Dorothy House Hospice, the DEVELOP Enhancing Community Support group and the local SSAFA branch, will be the first local causes to benefit from its Community Matters 'green token' scheme. At the end of the month, £1,000 will be divided between the three charities according to the number of tokens received from customers. Customers can nominate different charities each month, resulting in a total of £12,000 donated each year.

From opening, the store will also be launching its Partner Volunteering initiatives which will see 250 staff working hours a year donated to local projects and causes.

Fiona Orwin, Branch Manager at Waitrose Malmesbury said: "Malmesbury is a town rich in character, celebrated for its attractive town centre. We can't wait to open our doors and play our part, alongside the great collection of retailers already on the high street, in attracting even more people to the area. We're committed to the town and would like to thank everyone that has shown their support in Malmesbury."

The scheme was brought forward by developers, Simons. Graeme Cosgrove, Group Developments, added "We are incredibly excited to hand over the store to Waitrose after three years of collaboration on every level. We thoroughly look forward to seeing the store open for business, delivering all the benefits that Waitrose will provide for Malmesbury."

The new branch will feature meat, fish, and cheese counters, as well as a bakery and extensive wine department. Customers will also be able to enjoy a range of dining areas throughout the store, offering a range of culinary options, including salads, fresh baguettes and deli platters. Local produce will also be available, including Taylerson's Malmesbury flavoured coffee syrups and Wiltshire based Tracklements chutneys.

Opening hours:  Mon - Sat 8.00am - 9.00pm, Sun 10.00am - 4.00pm. Additionally, the Waitrose Delivery Service will operate in Malmesbury, providing shoppers with the option to have their purchases delivered to their homes at a convenient time, and the John Lewis Click & Collect service will also be on offer.

The new store will benefit from a swift tower, bat and owl boxes, LED lighting throughout the branch and new energy saving technologies. Waitrose will also be working in partnership with River Valley Trust to plant native species of trees and shrubs around the site.

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