16 June 2016

Sarah Newton MP and Mayor unveil new Waitrose

Waitrose Truro and the neighbouring Great Cornish Food Store (GCFS) at Tregurra Park was officially opened at 8am today (16th June) by Sarah Newton MP and the Mayor of Truro, Cllr Rob Nolan.

They will be joined by Mayoress, Cllr Moyra Nolan, Waitrose branch manager, Chris Reynard, and the GCFS manager, Angie Coombs, in cutting the ribbon and welcoming the first customers to the stores.

MP for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton MP, said: "I am delighted to be opening the most southerly Waitrose in the UK. I very much support the values of Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership. I am delighted that they are working closely with the Great Cornish Food Store that provides a great opportunity for us to buy locally grown, harvested and produced food and drink."

Mayor of Truro, Cllr Rob Nolan, said: “I campaigned against the Park and Ride and this store being at this location. But I've always recognised that Waitrose is a fantastic retailer and will be a great addition to Truro. They are also a good employer, as demonstrated by the 1400 applications for jobs.

“I'm sure that this will prove to be a very popular and successful store and now welcome Waitrose to Truro.”

The new 21,000 sq ft Waitrose, built and fitted out by Midas Retail, becomes only the supermarket’s second store in Cornwall since opening in Saltash 16 years ago and is now its most southerly branch. More than 1,400 people applied for the 114 Waitrose jobs which have been created with all new employees becoming Partners in the John Lewis Partnership. 

The branch will provide the retailer’s latest offer, including meat, fish and deli counters, a bakery, an extensive wine department and the John Lewis ‘click and collect’ service.

Waitrose has also confirmed it will share £12,000 and 250 staff working hours between local projects and causes nominated by its customers every year.

Branch manager, Chris Reynard, said: “We are proud to be opening in Truro alongside the Great Cornish Food Store and to be creating a fantastic destination for people who love good food.  This is the realisation of a long standing ambition and to see how it’s all come together is extremely exciting. We cannot wait to welcome our new customers.”

The Great Cornish Food Store, which shares an entrance with Waitrose, will promote choice, discovery and understanding of what it means to buy local and how this decision impacts our economy, well-being, environment and community.

Covering around 5,000 square feet, the store will open for up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. With a strong focus on fresh produce and great service, the retail development is not only the most ambitious project dedicated entirely to local food and drink that Cornwall has ever seen, but a first in food retail nationally too.

Angie Coombs, manager of the GCFS, said: "As a team we are incredibly excited and immensely proud of the Great Cornish Food Store. We have been overwhelmed by the support of the local food and drink industry and we hope our customers will be surprised and delighted by what we have on offer".


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