26th Oct, 2016

Evesham welcomes £10m Waitrose deal

Aaron Wise 7th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A £10MILLION deal for a new Waitrose superstore for Evesham which will create up to 150 jobs has been finalised.

Waitrose will be coming to the Vale after an unconditional agreement between Wychavon District Council and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service last week.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted in February and will involve relocating the town’s existing fire station on Merstow Green to Wychavon’s former depot on Abbey Road next to the leisure centre.

The grocery giant will then be built on the existing fire station site and Old Brewery Car Park.

The fire station is set to be completed by November 2016, but Waitrose is not expected to open its doors until March 2018, slightly later than the original plan of 2017, after it reviewed its schedule and indicated it would prefer to open at a later date.

The council will build Waitrose a new store, before giving it to the supermarket chain on a 20 year lease.

Coun Lynne Duffy, said: “This is a significant step forward for the Evesham Waitrose project.

“We’ve already seen the benefits of having a Waitrose in Wychavon from the impact of the Droitwich scheme, and we’re confident Evesham will benefit in a similar way.

“I can’t wait now for work to get started,” she added.

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