Waitrose opens the doors to its Greenwich store
Waitrose delighted shoppers in Greenwich by opening the doors to its new store today, Thursday.
The supermarket ribbon was due to be cut by children from nearby St Alfege with St Peter's CE Primary School, watched by Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford.
For many residents, the grand unveiling of the shop - part of Galliard's New Capital Quay development off Creek Road - was an important diary date.
Speaking before the opening, manager Andy Faulkner said the first shoppers would be greeted with flowers and Champagne.
"I'm really excited - I was overjoyed when I was offered the position," said the South Quay resident.
"This is probably the best Waitrose location I have ever seen. It's the closest store to the River Thames.
"Just to be associated with Greenwich and, especially everything that's happened since the Olympics, the name Greenwich is known now."
The 18,000sq ft shop will offer a wide selection of Waitrose food, cooking, dining and homeware ranges, as well as a first of it's kind Waitrose welcome desk and a 150-space underground car park.
And Andy said it's offering would "evolve" to the needs of the customers as the weeks went by.
He said: "We are expecting we will get footfall from the local apartments and some tourists that come in and visit Greenwich. But also, the shoppers from surrounding areas like Blackheath and Kidbrooke.
"We have got to be flexible, agile and react to changing customer demands."
Having already established links with schools in the area, Andy said it would be a "refreshing part of his role" to develop relationships further, with a Community Matters scheme and the store's volunteer programme.
"They are our customers and we have to give something back to the community as well as serving their needs," he said.
Go to waitrose.com.