Oundle’s new Waitrose store is set to open its doors for the first time on Thursday (October 17).
Town mayor Cllr George Higgins will officially open the store at 8am.
The Mayor will be joined by Flora Mardon from Laxton Junior School and Oliver Platt from Oundle Middle School who both entered a competition to design a shopping bag. Flora’s winning design will appear on hundreds of bags that will be donated to the schools for pupils to use.
Cllr Higgins said: “We are seeing some real economic growth and activity in the town at the moment, with many new business opening their doors.
“These new business’s are clearly keen to capitalise on this boom as Oundle continues to grow as a town and as a tourist destination.
“Oundle Town Council welcomes Waitrose, not only because of the jobs they are creating in Oundle but also for the contributions that they will continue to make to our community over the coming years.”
As part of the Waitrose Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme, each month Waitrose Oundle will divide £1,000 proportionally between three local charities, according to the number of tokens that they have received from customers.
The first charities being supported by the branch are Oundle Rural Mind, Oundle Middle School Monday Munch Club and Volunteer Action.
Simon Gartside, Waitrose Branch Manager, said: “We can’t wait to open our doors to customers on Thursday and start attracting more shoppers to Oundle.
“With 150 new jobs created, around £1m will be generated locally through wages and bonus each year. Our Community Matters scheme is also a fantastic way of giving back to the community by dividing £1,000 each month to local charities, chosen by our Partners and customers.”
Waitrose said there were 640 applications for the 150 local jobs created in the area. In addition, 250 working hours per year will be donated to local causes by Waitrose Oundle staff as well as £12,000-a-year which will be given to local causes nominated by customers through its Community Matters scheme.