A new Waitrose has opened in Banbury today, creating 120 jobs.
The store has been built on the Southam Road. Its opening has been delayed for a few weeks after it was originally thought the supermarket would be running in time for Christmas.
It is the chain's largest shop in Oxfordshire. Town MP Victoria Prentis was there to cut the ribbon this morning.
She was joined by Branch Manager Daniel Morehead and the first three local causes chosen to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme - Banbury Young Homelessness Project, Home-Start Banbury & Chipping Norton, and The Hill youth and community centre.
The supermarket also includes a community room which is free to book at email@example.com for charity events or regular community get-togethers subject to availability.
In addition, the retailer’s Community Matters ‘green token’ initiative will see Waitrose share £1,000 between three local charities or projects every month. Customers can nominate causes by picking up a leaflet in store.
Victoria Prentis MP, commented:
“I’m delighted to see another well known retailer choose Banbury as the location for its latest store. With over 120 employees and a room for community use, it is a brilliant addition to the town. I was really pleased I could be there bright and early at the official opening and to welcome the first customer!”
Waitrose Branch Manager, Daniel Morehead, said:
“The anticipation around our arrival has been overwhelming and we’re very excited to welcome our first customers. We’re very much looking forward to being part of the local community and offering local residents with great food, drink and services.”