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Waitrose to expand with 230,000 sq ft of new store space

Retaier announces seven new supermarkets, seven convenience stores and two major extensions in Spring campaign

Waitrose has announced it is opening 14 shops across the UK from spring this year, comprising seven new supermarkets and seven new little Waitrose convenience shops. It is also relocating one supermarket and carrying out two major extensions to existing branches.

Together, they will add almost 230,000 sq ft of selling space to the estate continuing the Waitrose expansion of recent years.

The new supermarkets include Wollaton (Nottinghamshire) Milngavie (East Dumbartonshire), Bagshot (Surrey), Oxford, King’s Cross (which will incorporate a new cookery school), Basingstoke (Hampshire) and Guildford (Surrey).

Waitrose Horsham will be relocated, doubling the size of the current supermarket, and the branches in Saffron Walden and Bayswater will both undergo major redevelopments.

It also plans to add a new little Waitrose in Heathfield (East Sussex) and a further six convenience shops in new locations in the south east, as yet undisclosed.

The expansion will create 2,000 jobs the retailer said.

Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said: ‘Our expansion story continues as we take the brand to more customers and invest in our omni-channel approach.”

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