Waitrose worries wiped out two years after Sodbury store opens

September 28 2015

CIVIC leaders in Chipping Sodbury claim the town has benefited from the arrival of the Waitrose supermarket, despite worries that it could hit existing traders.

CIVIC leaders in Chipping Sodbury claim the town has benefited from the arrival of the Waitrose supermarket, despite worries that it could hit existing traders.

The store opened two years ago at the Barnhill Quarry site, with a link through Hatherell’s Yard providing a pedestrian route between the premises, the car park and the High Street.

Sodbury Town Council said: “Despite initial concerns, the town has flourished since the arrival of Waitrose.” 

There had also been worries about the number of spaces being provided for shoppers in the car park once the store was built.

But it appears a system of long term, four-hour and two-hour parking has operated satisfactorily.

Members of the town’s business community said before Waitrose opened, it had been thought inevitable that a supermarket would arrive.

 Joanne Cox, of Hobbs House bakery, said: “‘We think Waitrose has had a fantastic effect on putting Chipping Sodbury on the map and that it is a great addition to our already foodie town.”

Waitrose is part of the John Lewis Partnership, which said it was pleased with how the Chipping Sodbury store had been received by the town and how successful it had been.

Spokesman Craig Beaumont said: “We’ve really enjoyed the past two years and believe that we have had a really positive impact on the local community.

“We are extremely proud that we’ve been able to gain such regular, loyal customers and we are working hard to improve our customer service.” 

Since opening, the company has also supported several community events, including the recent Food and Drink Festival, the Big Lunch, the Jazz and Blues Festival, and Sodbury in Bloom.

A token scheme introduced to the store has also already helped more than 70 local causes.