Waitrose to replace alworths in Amersham

Bucks Free Press: The alworths store in Amersham. It will be replaced by Waitrose later this year. The alworths store in Amersham. It will be replaced by Waitrose later this year.

SUPERMARKET chain Waitrose is to move into Amersham to replace alworths.

General retailer alworths opened a store in Sycamore Road in November, replacing Woolworths after the popular high street name went into administration in 2008.

But the company only signed a short-term lease with the property's landlord and this month were served with notice to vacate.

Alworths is set to close on September 12, with Waitrose ready to open at the start of November.

Landlord Michael Testler said “a number of offers” had been made by companies interested in moving in to the property. He added the addition of Waitrose would be “great for Amersham”.

The new Waitrose will be the first convenience store run by the supermarket company in Buckinghamshire.

Jon Arnold, Head of Convenience Stores at Waitrose, said: “Waitrose have wanted to come to Amersham for a long time and we are delighted to have the opportunity to make a major investment, which can play an important role in the town’s future.

“Our objective is to ensure the new store helps provide a boost to the local economy, not only through new jobs and supporting local projects, but by helping to create a more vibrant high street that will attract more shoppers to the town.”

Up to 60 new jobs will be created at the new store.

Alworths are looking to remain in Amersham and the firm is searching for new premises.

Managing Director Andy Latham said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team in Amersham for their hard work and dedication over the last ten months, resulting in a very successful period of time for us.”

The news has been cautiously welcomed in Amersham.

Nigel Shepherd, chairman of the Old Amersham Business Association, said: “I think it's excellent.

“I have a slight concern we are being supermarketed out, but I am sure the supermarkets have done their research and believe there's a market for a store there.”

He added: “I would be delighted if alworths stays. I see them as a niche and I wish them the best of luck.”

Brian Woods of the Amersham Society said: “We welcome Waitrose but we are rather sad it would appear the landlord has preferred them to alworths.

“We would very much hope alworths can find an alternative outlet site within Amersham on the Hill.”

Mr Woods added he was “happy” the building remains as a retail outlet, after plans to convert it into a financial services business were rejected last year.

What do you think of the plans? Have your say below.

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2:11pm Thu 26 Aug 10

cheese85 says...

the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then? cheese85

3:06pm Thu 26 Aug 10

JP80 says...

Smaller store.. Waitrose are going to try and take on M&S Simply Food stores
Smaller store.. Waitrose are going to try and take on M&S Simply Food stores JP80

3:10pm Thu 26 Aug 10

miccles says...

cheese85 wrote:
the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
You have to think twice if you cross over the border into Chesham.

Its more or less the same as going from Dublin to Belfast.

take ur ammunition with you.
[quote][p][bold]cheese85[/bold] wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?[/p][/quote]You have to think twice if you cross over the border into Chesham. Its more or less the same as going from Dublin to Belfast. take ur ammunition with you. miccles

3:30pm Thu 26 Aug 10

BigTommy says...

No wonder the landlord was so keen to get rid of Alworths.
No wonder the landlord was so keen to get rid of Alworths. BigTommy

5:49pm Thu 26 Aug 10

cheese85 says...

JP80 wrote:
Smaller store.. Waitrose are going to try and take on M&S Simply Food stores
by parking right next door. I like it!
[quote][p][bold]JP80[/bold] wrote: Smaller store.. Waitrose are going to try and take on M&S Simply Food stores[/p][/quote]by parking right next door. I like it! cheese85

6:24pm Thu 26 Aug 10

Slacker says...

cheese85 wrote:
the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
Looks like Marlow is no longer in Bucks either.
[quote][p][bold]cheese85[/bold] wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?[/p][/quote]Looks like Marlow is no longer in Bucks either. Slacker

7:25pm Thu 26 Aug 10

678 says...

we don't have an alworths!
we don't have an alworths! 678

8:25pm Thu 26 Aug 10

Ewartwhatyoubulldoze says...

Slacker wrote:
cheese85 wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
Looks like Marlow is no longer in Bucks either.
Result, Result!
[quote][p][bold]Slacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheese85[/bold] wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?[/p][/quote]Looks like Marlow is no longer in Bucks either.[/p][/quote]Result, Result! Ewartwhatyoubulldoze

9:05am Fri 27 Aug 10

deecee01 says...

cheese85 wrote:
the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
The report says Amersham will be the first 'convenience' store.

Marlow and Chesham stores are supermarkets.
[quote][p][bold]cheese85[/bold] wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?[/p][/quote]The report says Amersham will be the first 'convenience' store. Marlow and Chesham stores are supermarkets. deecee01

9:36am Fri 27 Aug 10

catherine_johnson says...

deecee01 wrote:
cheese85 wrote:
the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
The report says Amersham will be the first 'convenience' store.

Marlow and Chesham stores are supermarkets.
Yeah, I've never found supermarkets convenient either......
[quote][p][bold]deecee01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheese85[/bold] wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?[/p][/quote]The report says Amersham will be the first 'convenience' store. Marlow and Chesham stores are supermarkets.[/p][/quote]Yeah, I've never found supermarkets convenient either...... catherine_johnson

3:21pm Fri 27 Aug 10

Slacker says...

deecee01 wrote:
cheese85 wrote:
the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?
The report says Amersham will be the first 'convenience' store.

Marlow and Chesham stores are supermarkets.
Lets not let facts get in the way of a decent ribbing :-)
[quote][p][bold]deecee01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheese85[/bold] wrote: the first store in Bucks run by the company? Is Chesham no longer in Bucks then?[/p][/quote]The report says Amersham will be the first 'convenience' store. Marlow and Chesham stores are supermarkets.[/p][/quote]Lets not let facts get in the way of a decent ribbing :-) Slacker

12:32am Sat 28 Aug 10

wayneo says...

Chesham gets Waitrose, Wycombe loses its Hospital and gets a pound shop and the taxpayers fund a Multi-Millionaire a Stadium, says it all really.
Chesham gets Waitrose, Wycombe loses its Hospital and gets a pound shop and the taxpayers fund a Multi-Millionaire a Stadium, says it all really. wayneo

8:18pm Sat 28 Aug 10

Blueberry says...

Wayneo: Chesham already HAS a proper Waitrose. This story is about Amersham getting a little Waitrose convenience store.
Wayneo: Chesham already HAS a proper Waitrose. This story is about Amersham getting a little Waitrose convenience store. Blueberry

10:54pm Sat 4 Sep 10

567am says...

Shame - hope Alworths find new central premises - very handy store - how many convenience stores does Amersham need (tesco express,londis, M&S.... sainsbury rumour..)?????
Shame - hope Alworths find new central premises - very handy store - how many convenience stores does Amersham need (tesco express,londis, M&S.... sainsbury rumour..)????? 567am

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