Waitrose & Partners to sell five shops

Thursday 7 March 2019

Waitrose & Partners has today (7 March) confirmed that it has exchanged contracts for the sale of the five shops to various parties (figures provided are shop sales areas):

  • Ashbourne, Derbyshire (7,710 sq ft)
  • Barry, Vale of Glamorgan (25,909 sq ft)
  • Blaby, Leicestershire (6,773 sq ft)
  • Teignmouth, Devon (19,374 sq ft)
  • Torquay, Devon (12,508 sq ft)

The details of the arrangements are not yet finalised, but the expectation is that the sales of the shops will complete in June.

Those parties acquiring the shops in Barry, Blaby, Torquay and Teignmouth do not plan to open the shops for an extended period to undertake work to the site which means the shop will close during this time. The party acquiring Ashbourne will share their plans far earlier.  

Partners in the five shops will now enter a period of redundancy consultation and as part of this opportunities within the Partnership will be explored for those who wish to remain with the business.

Waitrose Retail Director, Ben Stimson, said:

“The sale of our shops is never something we take lightly, but we have accepted offers for them as it is sadly - despite the hard work of everyone involved - not commercially sustainable for us to continue trading from them in the long term.

“Our priority is our Partners working in those shops who will be fully supported throughout the process and we will identify opportunities for those wishing to remain with the business wherever possible.”


Waitrose & Partners

Waitrose & Partners has 349 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose & Partners is an employee-owned business - all employees are Partners and have a say in how the business is run.

Waitrose & Partners exports products to more than 50 countries worldwide and has nine shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. The retailer's omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.  


Waitrose & Partners

James Armstrong
Partner & Corporate Communications Manager
email: james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk
Tel: 01344 824657 / 07764 676 880