Mole Valley MP Sir Paul Beresford unveiled Leatherhead’s new Waitrose today (Thursday January 26).
The supermarket, on Church Road in the Surrey market town, has created 50 new jobs after more than 300 applications were received in just two weeks.
Sir Paul said: “Mole Valley District Council is embarking on an ambitious plan to renovate Leatherhead and the opening of this store is a great start.”
Waitrose Leatherhead store manager Catherine Robertson-Pugh added: “These are exciting times for Leatherhead and we’re incredibly proud to be adding to the investment being made here.
“The improvements to Church Street later this year will further enhance the area. Waitrose is only one piece of the jigsaw, but we will be working hard to ensure the service we provide from this fantastic new shop helps the town centre thrive in what looks to be a very bright future.”
Waitrose has also launched two community-focused initiatives to support local charities and projects in the area.
The retailer’s Partner Volunteering programme will provide 100 staff working hours each year and its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme will see £500 shared between three causes every month.
The first three causes to receive support are: the 1st Fetcham Scout Group, which is raising funds for a new Scout hut; the Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled Association; and the Leatherhead Youth Project, which supports young people with counselling.