Malmesbury's new Waitrose store opens

From left, Major Mick Moreton, Miriam Nicholls, Wiltshire's Volunteer of the Year, mayor Sue Poole and branch manager Fiona Orwi

First shoppers Keneth and Elizabeth Grey receive flowers from branch manager Fiona Orwin

Branch manager Fiona Orwin talks to staff before the opening

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Malmesbury’s new Waitrose store was bustling when it opened this morning after six months of construction.

Elizabeth and Kenneth Grey, of Worthies Lane, Malmesbury, were first in line waiting for the doors to open and were presented with a bouquet and a bottle of champagne.

Mrs Grey, 60, said: “We’ve waited a long time for this, Malmesbury deserves it.

“I think it will do Malmesbury an awful lot of good. It looks very smart; it’s done beautifully.”

Mr Grey, 63, said: “We’ve been looking forward to this. We won’t have to travel to Cirencester to shop anymore.”

Mayor of Malmesbury Sue Poole, who cut the ribbon, said: “I normally shop at the Co-op because it’s convenient, but obviously I’ll now come up and try Waitrose.

“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.”

The shop offers two hours free car parking for those who spend at least £10 in store.

Also invited to the branch unveiling were Major Mick Moreton, second in command of 9 Regiment at the Royal Logistic Corps, and Miriam Nicholls, Wiltshire volunteer of the year, who volunteers for ten different organisations including Doorway and does reading in schools.

Graeme Cosgrove, Group Developments, said the opening was the result of three years of collaboration.

Waitrose paid £4.5 million to buy the land to the back of Avon Mills and the store received planning permission in May last year, when Sainsbury’s plans for a store twice as large in Malmesbury were rejected.

The 18,250 sq ft store has a cafe serving cakes, two coffee machines, cheese, meat and fish counters, a deli counter serving baguettes and platters to eat on the premises, a bakery, large wine department with wine-tasting, John Lewis Click and Collect and Johnsons dry-cleaning.

There is also a quick check facility, where customers get a hand-held device to take around the store and scan goods themselves, in order to avoid queuing at the normal check-outs.

One of its 187 new employees, who have all become partners in the John Lewis Partnership, is Sam Dyne, 32, of Parklands, Malmesbury, who was delighted to start work.

She said: “I was working in a pub in town before and was pretty excited to see this job come up, it’s better than being a waitress. There are lots of benefits to working here.”

All employees are entitled to a share in profits, in the form of an annual bonus.

There is also a tower built in the forecourt to attract swifts, a first for Waitrose.

The first three charities to benefit from their green token scheme, which gives out £1,000 a month, are Dorothy House Hospice, Develop Enhancing Community Support and the Armed Forces charity SSAFA.

The store is open 8am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

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6:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Eric_Jones says...

Great shop. Just what Malmesbury needs.
What a shame the idiotic council have ruined it and thrown away the best opportunity to revitalise the High street that we could ask for.

Like so many others I despaired when the council (Wilts) mandated charged parking throughout the town, even in the longstay where they should be encouraging people to park out of the way. I watched the once full car park immediately become half empty and several High Street shops close as people (including myself) took the obvious option and simply drove to the free supermarket carparks in Chippenham, Cirencester and Swindon instead.
SO now we have our own Supermarket. And a very nice one it is too! and they even agreed to provide extra parking spaces within walking distance of the High street - paid for by Waitrose as well! at last! someone paying for the parking , so Malmesbury High street will benefit at last?
Errr... No. Even when someone else will pay for the parking the council won't allow anyone to help (or save?) our High street. Apparently they have insisted that Waitrose charges for parking (and imposes tickets, and stamps and barriers and all that faff that just makes Malmesbury the option with hassle, and demonstrates the councils incredibly arrogant view, presumably they don't see us having all that completely unnecessary hassle as any problem wiorth consideration, it's only the proles after all - they should be glad to be ALLOWED to park somewhere) in case anyone uses their car park instead of the charged council one...
How pathetic.
How Short sighted and petty.
So what would actually be so bad about someone using that car park (paid for by Waitrose) and spending money in Malmesbury High street?
It would, in all probability be someone (like myself) who would otherwise be in a Swindon supermarket anyway.
Even now that we have our own supermarket to compete with those with Free car parks in Chippers, Swindon and Ciren.. The morons at the council won't let it compete..
Such a tragic waste of a potential saviour for a market town with over 1000 years of History.
I'll bet that while the councilors whitter on about "parking revenue" they completely fail to see that the loss of business rates, cost of pay and display machines and loss of business from the town almost certainly far outweigh any such revenue - but that dosn't show up on the balance sheet of course..
The obvious way forward would be to allow a (minimum) 2 hours parking at BOTH the Waitrose car park AND the station yard Longstay car park. Then they wouldn't have to wory about their pathetic problem that someone might park at Waitrose instead of in THEIR carpark - and just MAYBE we might see some life come back into the High street again and a bit of hope and something positive for a change.
Great shop. Just what Malmesbury needs. What a shame the idiotic council have ruined it and thrown away the best opportunity to revitalise the High street that we could ask for. Like so many others I despaired when the council (Wilts) mandated charged parking throughout the town, even in the longstay where they should be encouraging people to park out of the way. I watched the once full car park immediately become half empty and several High Street shops close as people (including myself) took the obvious option and simply drove to the free supermarket carparks in Chippenham, Cirencester and Swindon instead. SO now we have our own Supermarket. And a very nice one it is too! and they even agreed to provide extra parking spaces within walking distance of the High street - paid for by Waitrose as well! at last! someone paying for the parking , so Malmesbury High street will benefit at last? Errr... No. Even when someone else will pay for the parking the council won't allow anyone to help (or save?) our High street. Apparently they have insisted that Waitrose charges for parking (and imposes tickets, and stamps and barriers and all that faff that just makes Malmesbury the option with hassle, and demonstrates the councils incredibly arrogant view, presumably they don't see us having all that completely unnecessary hassle as any problem wiorth consideration, it's only the proles after all - they should be glad to be ALLOWED to park somewhere) in case anyone uses their car park instead of the charged council one... How pathetic. How Short sighted and petty. So what would actually be so bad about someone using that car park (paid for by Waitrose) and spending money in Malmesbury High street? It would, in all probability be someone (like myself) who would otherwise be in a Swindon supermarket anyway. Even now that we have our own supermarket to compete with those with Free car parks in Chippers, Swindon and Ciren.. The morons at the council won't let it compete.. Such a tragic waste of a potential saviour for a market town with over 1000 years of History. I'll bet that while the councilors whitter on about "parking revenue" they completely fail to see that the loss of business rates, cost of pay and display machines and loss of business from the town almost certainly far outweigh any such revenue - but that dosn't show up on the balance sheet of course.. The obvious way forward would be to allow a (minimum) 2 hours parking at BOTH the Waitrose car park AND the station yard Longstay car park. Then they wouldn't have to wory about their pathetic problem that someone might park at Waitrose instead of in THEIR carpark - and just MAYBE we might see some life come back into the High street again and a bit of hope and something positive for a change. Eric_Jones
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1:45pm Thu 14 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

I think Eric Jones is spot on with his analysis of the parking situation and the opportunity to breathe new life into the high street. Waitrose is one of the better employers that does not seek to exploit their employees. So good luck to the people working there.
Perhaps one of our tory trolls would like to comment on the fact that 2000 people applied for 187 jobs.
I think Eric Jones is spot on with his analysis of the parking situation and the opportunity to breathe new life into the high street. Waitrose is one of the better employers that does not seek to exploit their employees. So good luck to the people working there. Perhaps one of our tory trolls would like to comment on the fact that 2000 people applied for 187 jobs. kimcrawley
  • Score: 1

10:11am Sun 17 Aug 14

Sarah-jane12 says...

Pleasantly surprised with this store....clean and bright and plenty of room in the aisles, and cheaper than the Co-op on most items. Staff happy and helpful, nice little sit down areas to drink your free coffee should you wish. I have no reason to go out of town for a supermarket shop. And I don't believe it is a threat to the High Street, as there are so many nice shops it is nice to visit them too.
Pleasantly surprised with this store....clean and bright and plenty of room in the aisles, and cheaper than the Co-op on most items. Staff happy and helpful, nice little sit down areas to drink your free coffee should you wish. I have no reason to go out of town for a supermarket shop. And I don't believe it is a threat to the High Street, as there are so many nice shops it is nice to visit them too. Sarah-jane12
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