Monday, 23 October 2017

Golden anniversary for Waitrose in Henley

WAITROSE in Henley has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

WAITROSE in Henley has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Staff at the supermarket in Bell Street marked the occasion with a party with a theme of 1965, the year it opened.

They put up photos of Henley town centre and the royal regatta during the Sixties and some dressed in costumes from the era.

They also held a raffle with more than a dozen prizes donated by local businesses.

Loyal customer Muriel Truss, of Gainsborough Road, Henley, was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

The 93-year-old has been visiting twice a week since the store?s early days and staff always help her.

Partner co-ordination manager Elaine Campbell said: ?It?s a great branch. It feels like a big family and we have a lot of fun.

?Henley is also a very close community so we?re lucky to have a loyal group of customers who have been coming for many years.?

Mrs Campbell, from Woodcote, is one of three partners who have worked there for more than 40 years.

The other two are fresh produce manager Phil Brown and checkout operator Ann Cummings.

The supermarket was originally based in what is now the Strada Italian restaurant in Bell Street.

It took over from the Fine Fair grocer?s shop and converted the premises at a cost of £57,000, the equivalent of almost £1million today.

It opened a separate off-licence a few doors down in 1967 but this shut in 1970.

The store moved to its current purpose-built premises in 1994.

As part of the development, Waitrose also built new premises for the Regal cinema. The old cinema shut in 1986 and was knocked down the year before Waitrose was built but re-opened in 1997.

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