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Waitrose will open it's doors in Leek tomorrow (Thursday May 1)

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Waitrose will open it's doors in Leek tomorrow (Thursday May 1)
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A town mayor is set to officially open a new supermarket in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Leek Town Mayor John Fisher has been asked to cut the ribbon at the new Waitrose Store off Buxton Road.

The store, in the former Co-op Food building, is due to open at 8am tomorrow, Thursday, May 1, following a four-week fit out.

Councillor Fisher will be joined at the new branch in Portland Street North by branch manager Becky Wollam.

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The new branch is set to provide the full Waitrose offer, including a number of products sourced from local suppliers such as North Staffordshire oatcakes.

It will also incorporate a new café and the refurbished Leek Post Office, which will open at the same time as the new store.

Waitrose Leek has confirmed that the Meadows School, Horton Lodge Community Special School and the Leek Home for Strays are the first local causes to benefit from its Community Matters 'green token' scheme.

At the end of the month, £1,000 will be divided between the three charities according to the number of tokens received from customers.

Customers can nominate different charities each month, resulting in a total of £12,000 donated each year.

From opening, the store will also be launching its Partner Volunteering initiative, which will see 250 staff donating some of their time to local projects and causes.

Mr Fisher said: "I am very honoured to be asked to open the new Waitrose store.

"This is a real boost for Leek's economy given the employment Waitrose will provide and the new opportunities the branch will offer shoppers.

"As part of the John Lewis Partnership, the model of ownership under which Waitrose operates is nationally recognised as both sustainable and profitable.

"I wish the new store every success and I know local people will be delighted that Waitrose has chosen to come to Leek."

Becky Wollam added: "We can't wait to open the doors and greet our new customers.

"We would like to thank everyone who has shown their support and given us a warm welcome in Leek."

She added: "We are committed to playing our part in attracting even more shoppers to the area."

Waitrose Leek will be run by a team of 166 Partners, including the store's former Co-op employees and 96 new members of staff.

They have all become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership, and as such will be entitled to benefits including a say in how the business is run, leisure and learning subsidies and an annual bonus.

This year, Partners received the equivalent of approximately eight weeks wages.

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