Woolies Sells Up to Waitrose

Another supermarket for Chiswick High Road

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Waitrose has announced that they are acquiring four of Woolworth's London stores including the site in Chiswick. The store says that the premises will be converted in time for Christmas.

The Chiswick site is the smallest of the four with 9,000 sq. ft. The Woolworths store is likely to close around August.

In three years Waitrose has acquired 43 branches, including the recent addition of Budgens food shops in Buckingham and London’s Bayswater, as well as a Co-op at Brackley, Northamptonshire. It currently has 189 food shops in England, Scotland and Wales.

Waitrose managing director Mark Price said: “These acquisitions will allow us to reach up to 200,000 new shoppers in the capital and will support our ambitious growth plans. We are delighted to add these prime locations to our portfolio of shops, particularly as they are sited in our heartland areas where Londoners have been requesting Waitrose branches for many years.”

June 18, 2008