Waitrose hopes to inspire next Delia or Heston

Waitrose is hoping to inspire the next Delia or Heston when local pupils from Mereworth Primary School visit its new store in Kings Hill on opening morning, this Wednesday 30th November.

They will be taken on a tour of the store at 10.30am to learn about the business, how the retailer sources its produce and participate in a tasting.

Together with Kings Hill Rotary Club and Kings Hill Community Centre, the school will be one of the first to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters initiative.

Through the scheme, three causes will be nominated by local people each month to receive a share of £500. The school plans to use its funding to improve its outdoor playtime activities for children.

Headteacher, Mereworth Primary School, Mrs Diane Moore, says: "We are very pleased to be selected as one of the first beneficiaries of Community Matters and believe the new store will be a really positive addition to Kings Hill."

The Mayor of Tonbridge, Brian Luker, will also be visiting the store on opening morning. He will meet the team at 11am and has welcomed the supermarket’s arrival in the town:

"I'm delighted to be attending the official opening of the new Waitrose at Kings Hill. I'm really looking forward to meeting the staff and seeing what the new store has to offer and wish them every success for the future."

Store Manager, Stuart Walker, who will be conducting the school’s tour, adds:

“It’s important we encourage young people from an early age to take an active interest in where their food comes from and, you never know, the next Heston or Delia might be in our presence.

“We are thrilled to be opening in Kings Hill and look forward to playing our part in the local community.”

The 6,000sq ft shop will focus upon ‘food for now’ and ‘food for later’, offering customers all the products they may need for a weekly shop, including items from the essential Waitrose, Duchy and Heston ranges. The store will also share an 87 space car park with neighbouring retailers, improving access for customers wishing to purchase more than a few items. 

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