Waitrose to take over Keynsham Co-op store next year

Published on: 11 Nov 2013

Waitrose will be moving into Keynsham in March next year, it has been revealed.

The upmarket supermarket is taking over the shop currently occupied by the Co-op in Broadmead Lane.

Waitrose's director of development Nigel Keen says the retailer plans to keep on all 84 of the store's current employees as well as creating new jobs at the site.

One Co-op employee told Keynshamvoice that the news, delivered in a staff briefing, had come as a "great relief" to those working at the store after a worrying time. She added: "Waitrose should bring lots of needed custom and jobs so we are excited."

The Co-op will continue to trade until February 27, 2014, before the store is closed for around three weeks to allow for refitting and staff training.

Mr Keen said: "We have wanted to open a shop in Keynsham for a long time and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community next year and welcoming new employees to Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership."

He added that the company would be launching its Community Matters initiative at the store in which £1,000 will be split between three good causes nominated by customers every month.

The Partner Volunteering Scheme will also see staff - or partners in the John Lewis Partnership - donate 250 hours of their paid time to supporting community projects.

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