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Waitrose finally announce Sidcup store plans

PUBLISHED: 11:41 28 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:41 28 May 2013

The proposed site for a Waitrose and Travelodge in Sidcup High Street

The proposed site for a Waitrose and Travelodge in Sidcup High Street

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Supermarket chain Watirose have announced they are finally going to develop a store in Sidcup High Street after more than 18 months of deliberations.

They had a joint planning application with Travelodge in October 2011 to develop the site of the old Black Horse pub but halted plans because they were concerned the store would not become commercially viable in the long-term.

But they have announced they hope to open the store by the end of August and will be recruiting 70 new members of staff.

Waitrose director of development Nigel Keen said: “We have always remained keen to open a store in Sidcup and have worked hard to develop our convenience model for a store of this size.”

Local politicians launched a campaign to encourage Waitrose to bring a store to Sidcup and almost 6,000 residents signed a petition last summer trying to get them to reconsider their decision.

The campaign received backing from celebrity Sidcup residents like newspaper columnist Garry Bushell.

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Sidcup.

“The store will give a boost to the high street and create welcome jobs.”


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