The closure has been announced of the branch of Waitrose & Partners in Chapel Street, Marlow.
The closure of seven Waitrose & Partners stores was announced on Thursday 18th July 2019. The stores ear marked for closure are located at :
- Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley.
- Oadby, Leicestershire.
- Wollaton, Nottinghamshire.
- Sandhurst, Berkshire
- Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
- Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
- Waterside at the British Airways headquarters near Heathrow.
Lidl has acquired the shops in Burnt Ash Lane in Bromley as well as those in Oadby in Leicestershire and Wollaton in Nottinghamshire while a Waitrose store in Sandhurst in Berkshire is being sold to an undisclosed party.
However the shops in Marlow, Stevenage and Waterside at the British Airways headquarters near Heathrow are set to close permanently.
Waitrose & Partners director of shop trade Mark Gifford said: ‘We haven’t taken this decision lightly but we have to do what’s right for the business as a whole. Thanks to the hard work of all our partners we’re making good progress and Waitrose & Partners is on track for profit growth this year but, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, we haven’t been able to find a way to make these shops profitable in the long term.
Our priority now is the well being and future of our partners in these shops. We will do everything we can to support them and will explore opportunities for anyone wishing to remain with the Partnership.‘
Around 700 jobs will be affected by the closure plans.