Work on Waitrose to start in October with summer 2013 opening
27 June 2012
A time line for the delivery of a new Waitrose food store in Helensburgh has now been finalised and a start on site is expected by the end of October.
The new store and petrol station will be on target for a summer 2013 opening.
Since the project was given planning permission earlier this year, Waitrose and Drum Property have worked closely with officials in the Council to finalise the detail of the scheme, including the financial contribution for planning gain.
Today [27 June 2012] the Council granted official planning consent, allowing Drum Property – who are building the new store for Waitrose - to press ahead.
There has already been plenty of activity behind the scenes, including negotiations with Scottish Water regarding the drainage and water impact analysis; with Scottish Power regarding the diversion of the overhead cables and with Network Rail regarding health and safety matters relating to the nearby mainline railway. These discussions are expected to conclude over the next few months.
Now that planning consent has been granted, Drum can also make applications for road construction consent and the building warrant for the new store.
Drum Property is already in discussions with a number of contractors and expect that by the time the construction consent and building warrant are granted, a contractor will be appointed, ready to start on site.
Speaking on behalf of Drum Property Group, Paul Doherty, Executive Director said:
“It is our fervent hope that we can start construction by middle to end of October. Thereafter we will be working to a 40-week programme to give us a target opening date of August 2013.”
While this is later than Waitrose and Drum had anticipated, much of the delay is simply due to the multitude of requirements expected nowadays for new build development.
Speaking on behalf of Waitrose, Martin Gorman said:
“I’m sure that many local people who are looking forward to the new Waitrose and petrol station will be pleased to hear firm news of the delivery programme.
“We’re now looking forward to building close links with local businesses and others to ensure that by the time we open our doors to customers, we’re a firm member of the Helensburgh community.”
The new Waitrose will
• Bring secure, long-term employment for up to 180 local people. All employees will be Partners in the John Lewis Partnership – which is owned by its employees
• provide a second petrol station for the town
• offer local and regional producers and suppliers opportunities to supply the new store
• donate £1,000 every single month to local charities and good causes nominated by local people through its “Community Matters” scheme
For further information please contact Giselle Dye, Pagoda PR 0131 556 0770 email@example.com
Waitrose Property & Development Communications Manager, James Armstrong on 01344 824657/07764676880 James_armstrong@waitrose.co.uk
Notes to editors
1. Waitrose currently has stores in Morningside and Comely Bank in Edinburgh, Byres Road in Glasgow and Newton Mearns. A new Stirling store is currently under construction and due to open by the end of 2012. Waitrose is also hoping to build a new store in Milngavie, subject to planning permission being successfully achieved.
2. The Helensburgh store will be the company’s third new-build store in Scotland. It is 36,000 sq ft gross with 25,000 sq ft of trading space.
3. Jobs at the new store will be advertised on www.jlpjobs.com around 13 weeks before the opening of the new store. Recruitment will also take place through the local job centre. The process will be widely publicised in the local press beforehand.