Waitrose opens its most southerly branch

Waitrose Truro and neighbouring The Great Cornish Food Store at Tregurra Park were officially opened today (Thursday June 16).

The new 21,000sq ft Waitrose becomes only the supermarket’s second store in Cornwall since the opening of Saltash 16 years ago. Truro is now its most southerly branch.

The outlet (pictured) will provide the retailer’s latest offer, including meat, fish and deli counters, a bakery, an extensive wine department and the John Lewis ‘click and collect’ service.

Branch manager Chris Reynard said: “We’re proud to be opening in Truro alongside the Great Cornish Food Store and to be creating a fantastic destination for people who love good food. This is the realisation of a long-standing ambition and to see how it’s all come together is extremely exciting.”

The Great Cornish Food Store, which shares an entrance with Waitrose, covers around 5,000sq feet and is open for up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with a strong focus on fresh produce.

Created by Cornwall Food & Drink, The Great Cornish Food Store is an independent grocery store with its own butcher, fishmonger and chef-led café, deli, and takeaway.  It claims to be filled with exceptional food and drink from Cornwall and a food retail-first for Cornwall and Britain

Manager Angie Coombs, who was formerly general manager of the Duchy of

Cornwall Nursery and Café, said: “As a team we are incredibly excited and immensely proud of the Great Cornish Food Store. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the local food and drink industry and hope our customers will be surprised and delighted by what we have on offer.”

Michelin-starred chef Paul Ripley will be overseeing the in-store café, deli and food-to-go area.

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