Waitrose to open Banbury Store this year
The Waitrose supermarket chain has confirmed that construction of their new Banbury store will start this spring and that the store will be open in time for Christmas 2017.
The 38,500 sq ft Waitrose Food Store will be located on the Southam Road in Banbury opposite Homebase on the redundant area of the Jacob Douwe Egberts (formally Kraft / General Foods) factory.
When open, the store is expected to create around 200 new jobs in the Waitrose itself.
Planning consent for the new store was secured following a high level of public support after which Cherwell District Council Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission at Committee.
The Waitrose communications department said “The developer is just in the process of finalising the programme of works for Banbury. Our aim is to open by Christmas and we will be able to update local residents later in the year.”
It was recently announced that 700 jobs are under threat as Waitrose plans to close under performing stores. However, the firm said plans were under way to open eight new shops and create 600 jobs this year.
Waitrose will also open new stores in Haywards Heath, Bromsgrove, Finchley, Addlestone and Winchmore Hill alongside outlets at Leatherhead and Faringdon in Oxfordshire, which have already opened.
Further retail opportunities are available on the remainder of the site.