New Waitrose to create 120 jobs

An artist impression of the new Waitrose store for Oundle
An artist impression of the new Waitrose store for Oundle

Up to 120 new jobs will be created after plans for a new Waitrose supermarket in Oundle were approved by East Northamptonshire Council.

The new food store was given the go-ahead at a meeting on Wednesday, November 7.

Members of the local authority’s development control committee voted unanimously to approve the store, which will be built on East Road.

Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said: “We believe there is a huge opportunity to encourage residents to stay in Oundle for their primary shopping trip and to encourage linked trips to the town.

“We have a strong track record of being part of the local communities we trade in and are keen to continue our dialogue with local traders. In addition to delivering a quality food store, we will also be creating up to 120 jobs for local people and donating £12,000 and 250 hours of our staff time to local charities and projects nominated by our customers.

“We are proposing to make a substantial commitment to Oundle so it is in our shared interest to ensure it retains its unique character and remains a vibrant, prosperous market town.”

Waitrose has pledged to work with the Town Council and with the independent traders to integrate the new store into the community.