Waitrose opens landmark store

Waitrose is celebrating after opening its landmark 300th store in the UK today (October 24th).
The site in Helensburgh will be located the furthest away from the supermarket chain’s original shop in Acton – 430 miles away.
Waitrose’s first premises opened in 1904 and was called Waite, Rose and Taylor.
However, it is only since the turn of the millenium that the business has really expanded – with over half of all of its stores opening within the last 13 years.
Recent figures are looking encouraging, too  – with sales growing by over 40 per cent in the first half of this year.
Waitrose’s own-label products account for half of what the supermarket sells.
Managing director Mark Price said: “Although our new shop in Helensburgh demonstrates how the scale and ambition of our business has transformed over the decades, the pride in our food and in the distinctive customer service we offer still has its roots in that very first modest business in Acton.”
The Helensburgh shop measures 25,000 sq ft and has created 200 jobs in the local area.