The recruitment for up to 100 jobs is to start this week for the first ever branch of Waitrose in High Wycombe which is planned to open in early spring 2016.
The new roles are for full and part-time positions and cover a wide range of areas, including sales assistants, customer service, hospitality and service counter positions and drivers to carry out home deliveries.
All successful applicants will become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership entitling them to benefits, including learning and leisure subsides, shopping discounts and an annual bonus. This year saw all existing employees receive the equivalent of almost six weeks’ wages in bonus – so a significant proportion of profits will remain in the community.
The vacancies will be advertised at www.jlpjobs.com starting on Tuesday 17th November 2015. Waitrose will be working with the local Jobcentre Plus, too as part of the process to provide interview opportunities for unemployed people.
Paul Taylor has been confirmed as the manager of the new Waitrose branch. Paul, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary of joining the business this year, started his career behind the meat and fish counter in Waitrose St Albans. He has gone on to hold every in branch managerial position.
Construction of the new store has now been completed and the retailer will start work fitting it out in the New Year ready to welcome new customers.
The new 25,000 sq ft shop will provide the very latest Waitrose offer, including meat, fish and deli counters, a bakery, an extensive wine department and the John Lewis ‘click and collect’ service. It forms part of the Handy Cross Hub project which will include the new Wycombe Leisure Centre and a coachway park-and-ride; a hotel and offices will also be developed on the site at a later stage.
New branch manager, Paul Taylor, said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the interest in our arrival in High Wycombe. Everyone concerned has done a fantastic job getting our new home ready and we cannot wait to move in.
We want to get the branch absolutely right to welcome our new customers and will start our works in the New Year to allow the new leisure centre to open and give our team time to bed in.
We are proud to be making a significant new investment as part of the Handy Cross Hub project which will revitalise an important site and make a positive contribution to the area in the future.‘
Cllr Roger Wilson, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, added: ‘Up to 100 new jobs and a wider choice for shoppers are just two of the fantastic benefits that a Waitrose store in High Wycombe offers. I have no doubt that when it opens, it will be a very popular store with local residents and will complement the wider development of the Handy Cross Hub site perfectly.‘