Local MP Bambos Charalambous was joined by store manager Aman Sandha and staff in cutting the ribbon and welcoming the shop’s first customers.
The 6,000sq ft branch on Regents Park Road will provide thousands of products, as well as a bakery area, indoor and outdoor seating and a John Lewis ‘Click and Collect’ service for online purchases.
Aman said: “The opening has enabled us to bring a vacant premises, which is located in a prominent position in the high street, back to life while retaining much of the building’s heritage. We are looking forward to playing a positive role on the high street for many years to come.”
The shop also launched its Community Matters ‘green token’ initiative yesterday, which will see £6,000 donated to local projects every year. At the end of each month, £500 will be shared between three causes, according to the number of green tokens collected from customers.
The first charities to benefit are Winchmore Hill Community Care, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and The Ruth Winston Centre.
Waitrose operates 352 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands including 66 convenience branches and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations.