Julian Knight MP officially opened the new Waitrose store in Solihull on Homer Road last Thursday (June 23).
Branch manager Ben Service said: “Following a multi-million-pound investment, we’re proud to be opening in Solihull and we’re really pleased that Mr Knight could join us to help unveil the new branch.
“Everyone in our 100-strong team is looking forward to providing the local community with a fantastic new shopping experience, including our latest products and services.”
The store has also become only the fifth Waitrose in the country to feature a sushi counter, which is manned by skilled sushi chefs who prepare fresh products in front of customers throughout the day. The shop includes meat and fish counters, and a café bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
Waitrose has also launched two community-focused initiatives to support local charities and projects in the area which have been nominated by its Solihull customers.
The first is its Partner Volunteering programme will provide 250 staff hours each year.
The second is its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme will see £1,000 shared between three causes every month. The first trio to benefit will be Signpost Inclusion, which offers support to families of children and young people with additional needs; Sunfield Children’s Home; and the Charlie Ramsey Research Fund, which raises money for research for babies and children born with half a heart.