Waitrose opens at Manchester Piccadilly
The shop will cater specifically for commuters’ needs and will include a bakery, fresh fruit and vegetables, a range of take-away sandwiches and snacks, as well as everyday items.
The convenience branch marks an important step forward for the brand as it works to increase its presence in the north of England. Currently Waitrose employs over 700 partners in the Greater Manchester area and the Manchester Piccadilly shop has created a further 60 roles.
Waitrose said it had received a “fantastic” response to its recruitment drive for the new store and received over 300 applications.
The retailer has confirmed that the first local causes to benefit from its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme will be the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Dogs Home and the Christie Cancer Department, Manchester. At the end of the month £500 will be divided between the three charities according to the number of tokens received from customers. Shoppers can nominate different groups each month, resulting in a total of £6,000 donated each year.
The store has also launched its Partner Volunteering initiative which will see 100 staff working hours a year donated to local projects and causes.
In 2013, Waitrose also opened a distribution centre in Leyland which currently serves 56 branches, and employs almost 400 people.
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