Residents invited to see plans for new Waitrose Corstorphine

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Residents invited to see plans for new Waitrose Corstorphine

Local people are being invited to give their views and find out about the proposal for a new Waitrose in Corstorphine, west Edinburgh.

Public exhibitions will be held at St Ninian’s Church Hall on St John’s Road on Friday 5 September (1600-1900hrs) and Saturday 6 September (1000-1400hrs).

The exhibitions are an opportunity for people to see the proposed plans for the new branch, which would replace the existing row of shops between St John’s Road and Manse Road.

The branch will create around 150 new jobs for local people with the John Lewis Partnership.

Local charities and good causes will also benefit from a share of £12,000 each year through Waitrose’s Community Matters scheme.

Duncan Mathieson, managing director of Realis Estates, the developers of the project, said “We’re holding exhibitions for residents to view our plans, share their opinions and ask any questions. We’re interested to hear what they think and value their thoughts on the project.

“This multimillion pound development is a great opportunity for Corstorphine’s main street to enhance its retail offering and draw more people to the village."

Martin Gorman, development manager for Waitrose said “We’re excited at the prospect of opening our first branch in west Edinburgh.

“We already have 400 Partners working in our Comely Bank and Morningside stores and a number of suppliers based in Edinburgh and the Lothians, from Stoats porridge to Nairns.

“We hope to build on this with Waitrose Corstorphine.”

An information website – www.waitrosecorstorphine.com – has been launched and a leaflet about the planned new store was hand-delivered to over 11,000 households across Corstorphine last week.

If the application is successful, Corstorphine would become the third Waitrose store in Edinburgh and the eighth in Scotland.

Waitrose is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest co-owned business.