Chipping Sodbury's new Waitrose celebrates a warm welcome and reveals biggest selling lines so far
CHIPPING Sodbury’s new supermarket has enjoyed a busy first few days trading in the town.
The Waitrose store, which opened last Thursday (October 10) on Barnhill Quarry, has had a warm welcome from shoppers who have waited nine months for the 21,000 square feet supermarket to be built.
Manager Rich Clare said: "It's certainly been a busy first week for the team but the new team of partners are doing a fantastic job and what has been most overwhelming is the warm reception we've received from local people.
"Customers have been coming in, speaking with partners and trying out their new shop and our fish counter and home department are already proving particularly popular.”
Mr Clare, who held a pre-opening reception last Wednesday for town councillors, local dignitaries and invited guests, revealed the top selling products in the store so far.
“Raspberries, whole chickens and mince have been our top selling lines as people served up warming roasts and desserts during the wet and windy weekend," he said.
The store has been largely welcomed by Chipping Sodbury’s business community and although many shopkeepers have reported a slow trading period during the construction of the supermarket, they are now looking forward to the projected ‘Waitrose effect’ of a large increase in footfall to the town.
A footbridge over the River Frome has linked the supermarket with the High Street and its array of independent shops.
The development will also include 160 new houses, to be built at a later date, and a McCarthy and Stone elderly people’s complex, which is now under construction.
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