Upmarket grocer Waitrose has this week confirmed an investment of £100 million in new store openings in the north-west.
The supermarket’s development plans will create 1,500 jobs as it aims to unveil at least ten new shops in the region within the next five years.
Earlier this month, Managing Director Mark Price announced to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester that the retailer intends to invest £1 billion in a northern push over the next three years by opening 100 new stores.
These planned openings will more than double the number of existing stores Waitrose currently has in the region.
David Jones, Waitrose Supply Chain Director, said that the plans mark an exciting chapter in the company’s history.
“We have really begun to establish our brand here and we are looking forward to making a continued investment and creating new jobs in what is rapidly becoming a heartland territory for us,” he commented.
An expansion drive over the last six months has seen the brand open seven stores in the north-west, seven in Yorkshire, three in the north-east and several in Scotland, and Price announced the launch of a regional distribution centre in Chorley, which will create 600 new jobs in the area.
Speaking about the £35 million investment in the centre, Price commented: “This new distribution centre will support the growth of our business, be a boost for the north-west, create 600 new jobs for the region and make it possible for us to invest £1 billion in Britain over the next three years.”
A new little Waitrose store was opened in Foregate Street, Chester last week and the grocer also brought plans forward to redevelop the city’s Boughton Retail Centre for a larger supermarket.
It will also open a new store in Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire in February next year as part of its ongoing growth strategy.