Following a multi-million-pound investment, Solihull’s new Waitrose on Homer Road has officially opened.
The new branch was unveiled by Solihull MP Julian Knight on 23rd June.
He was joined by branch manager, Ben Service, as well as six-year-old Jack from St Alphege Infant and Nursery School and eight-year-old Megan from St. Augustine’s Primary School, who had won a competition to design a poster for the store’s new coffee shop.
The shop has created 100 new jobs and includes meat and fish counters, and a café bar with indoor and outing seating. It has also become only the fifth Waitrose in the country to feature a sushi counter run by skilled sushi chefs who prepare fresh products in front of customers throughout the day.
Mr Knight said: “I was delighted to officially open the new Waitrose store in Solihull. Attracting quality retailers to our town is something which I, and local residents, are passionate about. The opening of Waitrose will complement the existing John Lewis store and provide excellent food and grocery items.
“The opening of Waitrose reaffirms what a great place Solihull is to do business, but also brings more new jobs, helping to maintain our town’s enviable employment record.”
Waitrose Solihull has also launched two community-focused initiatives to support local charities and projects in the area. Its Partner Volunteering programme will provide 250 staff hours each year and its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme will see £1,000 shared between three causes every month.
The first to benefit from the Community Matters initiative will be Signpost Inclusion, which offers support to families of children and young people with additional needs, Sunfield Children’s Home, and the Charlie Ramsey Research Fund, which raises money for research for babies and children born with half a heart.
To celebrate the opening of Waitrose Solihull, The Observer has teamed up with Waitrose to offer five lucky readers £50 of vouchers each.
To be in with a chance of winning, tell us one benefit of the myWaitrose loyalty programme.
Send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number to: Waitrose competition, Solihull Observer, 45 The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4BL.
Or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for entries is Friday, July 8.