Waitrose Opens at Kings Hill
Waitrose has opened a 6,000 sq ft neighbourhood convenience store at Kings Hill. The shop, which will focus on ‘food for now’ and ‘food for later’, is in Liberty Square, the central area of amenities serving both the business and residential populations at the 800 acre mixed use community near Maidstone, Kent.
The store has provided 57 jobs – for which there were 634 applications – and has been carefully designed in art deco style to reflect the iconic architecture of the adjacent listed former RAF control tower, which was the hub of activities during the site’s previous life as a wartime airfield.
‘We want to provide a good range of amenities for those working and living here,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. “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.”
Waitrose store manager, Stuart Walker said: “We are thrilled that our store is now open and believe that our presence here will be a beneficial addition to Kings Hill - we are really looking forward to playing our part in the local community.”