Waitrose expands in Scotland with fifth store on schedule to open in 2013

Waitrose: new Stirling store

Waitrose: new Stirling store

Waitrose is opening a new store at Burghmuir, Stirling, in early 2013. It will be the retailer’s fifth store in Scotland and joins existing outlets in Byres Road in Glasgow, Newton Mearns, and Morningside and Comely Bank in Edinburgh.

Waitrose has appointed retail specialist Barr Construction to design and deliver the entire interior fit-out of the 25,000sq ft store, which will include a cafe for 56 customers plus a separate dining room for Waitrose partners.

Barr will be on site for around six weeks in total and up to 70 members of the team will work on the full fit-out project.

As part of the work, Barr will install all of the flooring, ceilings and internal walls, as well as all of the refrigeration, electrical and mechanical plant, shelving and decoration.

Barr said it successfully delivered the first fit-out of a purpose-built Waitrose in Scotland at the Newton Mearns store and Barr’s construction manager Derek Simpson is looking forward to continuing the partnership with the retailer.

Simpson said: “Barr has a track record of delivering stores for the major retail chains and it is especially pleasing to be involved in our third project with Waitrose.

“Only the external envelope was complete when we took over the project at the end of November and we are now managing all elements of the fit-out works.

“It’s a challenging timescale we’re committed to which spans the festive period, but we are confident of delivering another quality store in plenty of time for its opening early in the New Year.”

As well as a cafe, the new store will feature 285 car parking spaces, including seven parent-and-child spaces and 12 for the less able.

Waitrose construction manager, Gary Kind, said: “We have established an excellent relationship with Barr Construction since first working with them on our Newton Mearns store. 

“They have a clear understanding of what our customers expect from our branches so we are able to deliver a first-rate shopping experience. 

“Our new Stirling store will not only enable us to increase our presence in Scotland, but build on our growing reputation for quality and service in the region.”