Waitrose to expand convenience arm in London

Waitrose has announced it is planning to open ten more convenience stores in London over the next year.
The food and drink giant – which is owned by John Lewis – already has 36 Little Waitrose sites and the new shops will bring its total in the capital to 20, creating around 700 employment opportunities in the process.
Besides one store in Vauxhall, which is set to open in the spring, Waitrose has yet to confirm where the locations of the new London stores will be.
According to director of development at the supermarket Nigel Keen, London is an important part of the company’s heritage and the move is a major milestone for its business.
“It demonstrates our ambition to continue increasing our presence and improving our accessibility to those in the capital who wish to shop with us,” he said.
Waitrose first began operating in the convenience sector in 2008, but did not launch its first Little Waitrose format until January 2011, when it opened a store at Old Brompton Road. Its other plans include opening a new supermarket in Greenwich this summer.