Waitrose (Shop)

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WHO ARE THEY? Waitrose was founded by Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor who opened their small grocery store at 263 Acton Hill in West London in 1904. After the acquisition by the John Lewis Partnership of the Waitrose business in 1937, they became the food shops of the John ... Read review

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A SERIOUS ALTERNATIVE TO THE "BIG 4"? Review with images

AdvantagesGreat Quality. Great Customer service. Staff Ownership. Different from the Rest.

DisadvantagesCan be Pricy. Not a "One Stop Shop". Unpredictable Check Out Time.

"...John Lewis Partnership of the Waitrose business in 1937, they became the food shops of the John Lewis group. Most are stand alone supermarkets, the first such shop opened in 1955. Some, like the Kingston on Thames branch are attached to, or in the basement of, large John Lewis department stores. The John Lewis partnership is an unusual organisation in that it is a "partnership" owned by the employees, rather than a traditional PLC type company ..." Read review
05.05.2006

Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional

Waitrose vs White Rose

AdvantagesQuality, ambience, partnership, principles. No Jamie Oliver

DisadvantagesHigh prices could be a problem if you’re on a budget or not swayed by ethical claims

"...due to the fact that Waitrose employees are effectively the owners of the company. As part of the John Lewis Partnership, it is not owned by shareholders and the City. This is the reason, the firm says, for the loyalty and helpfulness of its workers. Waitrose doesn’t make a big deal of this. Maybe it should. Although ‘partnership’ is a modern weasel word (especially in local government), for Waitrose it actually means something. I mentioned this ..." Read review
14.11.2004

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Waitrose is the top of the shops.

AdvantagesQuality, The staff are happy and friendly.

DisadvantagesStores in certain areas are few and far between

" I have always loved Waitrose no matter how many people will call me a snob.... I will always continue to shop there. I shall now explain why.... Who are they: Waitrose started out as a small Green Grocer in Acton, Central London. It was founded in 1904 by Arthur Rose and Wallace Waite and David Taylor. However David Taylor left the company a few years later (Hence the name Waitrose). In 1937 it was taken over by the John Lewis Partnership. There ..." Read review
22.03.2011

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Community Level 2JHubbard

JHubbard

Waitrose Thame - the shopping experience

AdvantagesClean, relaxed, good range of goods, good parking

DisadvantagesNone

"...- Oh, how I miss Waitrose and John Lewis!!!! INTRODUCTION I live mid-way between Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire and Thame, Oxfordshire. A medium-sized Tesco store serves P. Risboro' and a Waitrose serves Thame. Waitrose, Thame wins any comparison between the two on nearly all counts. Since I've already had a moan about the Tesco store previously I've tried not to repeat myself too much - just read my Tesco Op' to get the general idea! Waitrose, ..." Read review
13.01.2003

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The best grocery shopping there is

AdvantagesHigh quality; good fresh produce

DisadvantagesSome items are expensive

"Waitrose supermarket was originally confined to the south of England, but more recently stores have opened in Buxton, Wilmslow, Sandbach, Durham and Hexham as well as four in the West Midlands and two in Edinburgh. My experience of Waitrose is based mainly on the stores in Havant and Southsea, but I also shop in the Chichester branch from time to time and am familiar with the stores in Petersfield and Waterlooville. Waitrose has the reputation ..." Read review
19.11.2006

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