Waitrose in Sidcup announce opening date as September 4
PUBLISHED: 13:03 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 12 August 2013
An opening date has been set for the long-awaited Waitrose store in Sidcup High Street after a campaign was launched by residents to open a store in the town.
The shop will open at 8am on September 4, staffed by 50 people from the local area.
Residents formed the ‘We Want a Waitrose Campaign’, when the supermarket announced it was halting plans to develop the old Black Horse site.
It was backed by Bexley Council, with the support of Sidcup MP James Brokenshire, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Garry Bushell, the national newspaper columnist who lives nearby.
Mr Brokenshire said: “I’m delighted that the new store will be opening its doors to customers in just a few weeks time. I look forward to welcoming Waitrose to Sidcup and hope they will remain part of the local community for many years to come.”
Nigel Keen, Waitrose director of development, added: “We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received in Sidcup and cannot wait to welcome our new customers next month. We are looking forward to becoming part of the local business community and will offer a quality range of products and services that will ensure we play our part in helping to attract shoppers to the area.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill and Mr Brokenshire will be attending the opening.