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, on the Malmesbury bypass, will be run by a team of over 180 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, theDEVELOP 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 today, 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 said: “Malmesbury is a town rich in character, celebrated for its attractive town centre. We can’t wait to 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 features meat, fish, and cheese counters, as well as a bakery and extensive wine department. The store also features a range of dining areas, offering a range of culinary options, including salads, fresh baguettes and deli platters. Local produce is also available, including Taylerson’s Malmesbury flavoured coffee syrups and Wiltshire based Tracklements chutneys.
The Waitrose Delivery Service will operate in Malmesbury, providing shoppers with the option to have their purchases delivered to their homes, 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.