Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has welcomed a boost in local jobs as Waitrose announced that it would be opening a new store in place of the Co-op supermarket on Nevill Road in Hove.
Mike has been keen for a Waitrose to open a new store in Hove since his election as an MP and wrote to the Chief Executive of Waitrose earlier in the year about coming to Hove. Mike followed up his letter by meeting the Waitrose expansion team in Parliament. The Co-op will continue to trade as normal until 13th March 2014. It will then close for approximately four weeks to allow the shop to be converted and for employees to receive their inductions as Waitrose Partners. The new Waitrose is expected to open in April next year. A number of new jobs are expected as staff levels at the store rise.
All 80 employees at the Co-op will be given the opportunity to join Waitrose and become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership. As Partners (co-owners), staff have a stake in the success of the business, a say in how it is run, and a share in profits.
Commenting, Mike said: “A new Waitrose store coming to Hove is great news. I know that residents from across the City have longed for big, out of town Waitrose, so this new investment is very welcome. Also, I understand that a significant number of new jobs will also be created, as staff numbers increase from the current 80.”
Nigel Keen, Director of Development for Waitrose, said: “Waitrose is keen to play a positive role in the local community and we will be launching our Community Matters and Partner Volunteering schemes at the branch to support local causes. Community Matters will see Waitrose Hove donate Ł1,000 between three causes every month that have been nominated by our customers. In this way we will donate Ł12,000 between 36 local causes each year that are at the heart of the local community. Through our Partner Volunteering scheme, our Partners will also donate 250 hours of their paid time to supporting community projects each year.”