Waitrose to open at Kings Hill
Waitrose is to open a large convenience store at Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd’s Kings Hill development. The 9,000 sq ft foodstore will be in Liberty Square, where the combination of retail and leisure amenities form a vibrant heart to the park. Opening is planned in time for Christmas 2011.
The new store will be adjacent to the listed former RAF control tower and the foodstore has been carefully designed in art deco style to reflect the iconic architecture of the tower.
The shop will bring greater choice to Kings Hill and provide the benefits of a Waitrose with the convenience and friendly service of a small shop. It will offer bread straight from the oven, meat and fish counters, a wide range of fruit and vegetables as well as store cupboard items.
A selection of products from the retailer’s essential, Heston Blumenthal, Duchy and Seriously ranges will also be available. The shop will combine quality with value and also participate in a Tesco Brand Price Match on 1000 branded lines.
The new Waitrose store will provide up to 50 new jobs for the local area, recruiting through their website www.waitrosejobs.com. All new employees will become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership and have a say in how the company is run.
James Dean, Area Manager at Waitrose, said: “We are delighted to announce plans for our first store in Kings Hill which will bring more choice to the area and provide convenient access to the produce and service Waitrose is known for.
“I believe that this investment will benefit the community in a number of ways, not only through the creation of jobs but also through schemes such as our Community Matters initiative that will donate £500 between three local good causes every month. We are really looking forward to the new store opening at the end of this year.”
Shoppers will be able to use new car parks in Liberty Square which will provide an additional 170 spaces.
“We are delighted to have such a prestigious and well-respected brand coming to Kings Hill,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd which is developing Kings Hill together with Kent County Council.
“It is part of the second phase of the development of Liberty Square which will see a total 20,000sq ft of new retail space. Other plans for this phase include the restoration of the iconic control tower, landscaping with plenty of open space for relaxation and new housing.
“People living and working at Kings Hill share our pride in the community, which is why we value placemaking so highly. We have consulted extensively to find out exactly what amenities people want to see at Kings Hill and it is one of the few mixed-use communities with such a good selection of retail outlets. Waitrose will perfectly complement the amenities already here and I am sure will be very popular with Kings Hillians.”
The project is being developed for Waitrose by Tunbridge Wells based Decimus Commercial Ltd. Director Garry Gatt said: “Together with Waitrose we wanted to ensure that the design of the building reflected its surroundings, which is why we have chosen the art deco style. It will be a very attractive building and I am sure it will be a positive contribution to the local built environment.
“We have already started building work, with completion and opening scheduled in time for this Christmas.”
Cradick Retail acted for Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd.