Waitrose officially opened a London branch of Little Waitrose at Finchley Central last Thursday (September 14).
The supermarket chain’s convenience shop, on Regents Park Road, was unveiled by branch manager Mark Porter and two of his team, along with a representative from one of the first local causes chosen to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme: Dr Christopher Baxter, medical director of North London Hospice.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People and Animal Aid & Support charity will join North London Hospice as the first three causes to benefit from the scheme.
At the end of the month, £500 will be shared between the three groups according to the number of tokens received from customers. Customers can continue to nominate different good causes each month, resulting in a total of £6,000 donated each year.
In addition, Waitrose Finchley Central staff will volunteer around 50 hours to local causes throughout the course of the year.
The new shop will provide more than 3,500 food and drink products, as well as a bakery counter and John Lewis ‘click and collect’ service for online purchases. There will also be an outdoor seating area.
L-R: Bhavisha Ranchhod (team manager), Mark Porter (store manager), Dr Chris Baxter (North London Hospice), Dan Stern (senior team manager)
PHOTO: Ashley Bingham