Waitrose can today announce that its first new-build store in Scotland will welcome customers through its doors on 12 May, 2011.
Complementing the Byres Road store, which opened just over a year ago, Waitrose Newton Mearns will be the retailer’s fourth and largest store in Scotland.
The 25,000 sq ft store represents an expansion by Waitrose in Scotland as part of an ambitious UK-wide growth strategy by the employee-owned supermarket.
More than 200 new jobs will be created at Waitrose Newton Mearns. All new employees will become Partners (as all Waitrose employees are known) in the John Lewis Partnership, entitling them to a say in how the business is run, and an annual share in its profits from next year. Last year saw existing Partners receive 15% of their annual salary in bonus.
Job vacancies will be advertised on the Partnership’s own job website – www.jlpjobs.com – from Monday 14th February for two weeks only.
The new Waitrose Newton Mearns store will bring the total number of Partners at Waitrose and John Lewis in Scotland to over 2650.
Waitrose’s local and regional sourcing team is currently meeting a wide range of local producers, tasting products from around Scotland to complement the 300 or so Scottish lines already introduced to the stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is being held during March in Glasgow, organised by Scotland Food and Drink.
Tracey Marshall, Local & Regional Product Manager for Waitrose said:
“We’re hoping to find some more innovative companies in Glasgow and the West of Scotland that epitomise the qualities we look for in new suppliers: delicious tasting products that are made using the highest quality ingredients.
“We already have many long-established suppliers in Scotland, such as our beef farmers, and are proud to work with fantastic companies who supply Waitrose UK-wide, such as Gigha Island Halibut and West Brewery.”
Waitrose Newton Mearns will launch its Community Matters scheme as soon as the store opens, allowing customers to have a say in how £1,000 a month is spent on local charities and projects.