Waitrose Stirling opened its doors to excited customers this morning at 8am. The store features products from local and regional Scottish suppliers.
Fri, 25 Jan 2013
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford and Waitrose branch manager Lindsay Clifford cut the ribbon with assistance from and Leah McCarthy a pupil from Borestone Primary School.
Leah won a local school competition to design an ethical shopper bag design for the new Waitrose. Her design has been placed on 1,000 bags which will be available at the store for customers keen to commemorate the opening day.
The first customer of the day was Mrs Jean Cuthbert who waited outside from 6am to be the first Stirling resident inside the new store. Jean was given a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of flowers by the branch manager.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said: “I am pleased to see Waitrose opening this fantastic new store here in Stirling, demonstrating the vibrancy of the local economy here. This brings new jobs to the area and more choice to consumers, and shows that the city is very much open for business.”
Lindsay Clifford, branch manager said: “The support we’ve had from the local community in Stirling has been fantastic. To have so many people turn out for our opening day has been really encouraging, especially given the cold weather. “We’d like to thank all the schools who took part in our competition, and congratulate Leah McCarthy on her winning design.”
Waitrose Stirling will donate £12,000 each year to local good causes through its Community Matters Scheme. The first Stirling charities to benefit are Canine Partners, Strathcarron Hospice and Start up Stirling. Waitrose Partners will also donate 250 hours of their time to volunteering for local charities, projects and initiatives. Customers will be able to nominate their favourite good causes in store.
Employing 180 Partners, the Stirling branch is part of the regeneration of the former Burghmuir industrial estate, it:
- features 25,000 square feet of retail space, a coffee shop and 280 customer car park spaces, shared with other retailers on the site
- offers products from local and regional Scottish suppliers such as Katy Rodger’s yoghurts (Fintry), Summer Harvest Rapeseed oil (Perthshire) and Graham’s Dairies
- sells a selection of non-food items from John Lewis, such as stationery and cookware
- features dedicated fish, cheese, meat, bakery and delicatessen counters
The development – delivered by Stirling Development Agency (SDA) - represents a multi-million pound investment by Waitrose, which has plans to open further stores in Scotland.
Waitrose, Katy Rodger's, Summer Harvest Rapeseed Oil and Graham's Dairies are all members of Scotland Food & Drink. Find out more about membership here.