New Little Waitrose to open in WestQuay

Hundreds apply for jobs at new supermarket in Southampton

Hundreds apply for jobs at new supermarket in Southampton

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JOB applications have been flooding in as Little Waitrose at WestQuay in Southampton prepares to open its doors.

More than 200 people have applied for approximately 40 jobs at the new Little Waitrose which is due to open later this year.

The full time and part time vacancies were advertised for less than a month yet received 218 applications for the various positions.

Nigel Keen, Waitrose director of development, said: "Our unique partnership with John Lewis is a fantastic opportunity to bring the Waitrose brand to an even wider audience.

“We’ve had a phenomenal response since we launched our recruitment drive in Southampton and we are really encouraged by the calibre of applications we’ve received.

“We are pleased that we are in a position to bring new jobs to the area, and flattered that so many people are eager to work for our business.”

Mark Venables, head of branch at John Lewis Southampton, said: “We are thrilled to be opening a Little Waitrose at John Lewis Southampton and can’t wait to reveal the new offer to our customers.

“The new jobs created by the new shop will contribute significantly to the local community and I know everyone here at John Lewis Southampton is really looking forward to welcoming the new Partners into our team.”

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4:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Irate Wintonian says...

Wasn't New Look in West Quay once Waitrose?...
Wasn't New Look in West Quay once Waitrose?... Irate Wintonian
  • Score: 18

4:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available...
Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...
Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: -6

5:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sotonboy84 says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available...
Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...
M&S food hall does well, I believe this Little Waitrose is based on the same model.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...[/p][/quote]M&S food hall does well, I believe this Little Waitrose is based on the same model. sotonboy84
  • Score: 19

5:32pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Tallship says...

The management of Waitrose have at last realised what a monumental mistake it was to close thier store in West Quay. There are no units available big enough for a separate store. So it will take over part of John Lewis.
The management of Waitrose have at last realised what a monumental mistake it was to close thier store in West Quay. There are no units available big enough for a separate store. So it will take over part of John Lewis. Tallship
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Tue 22 Jul 14

mr.southampton says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available...
Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...
Somehow I doubt they will be going for the same clientèle.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...[/p][/quote]Somehow I doubt they will be going for the same clientèle. mr.southampton
  • Score: 26

7:30pm Tue 22 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available...
Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...
M&S food hall does well, I believe this Little Waitrose is based on the same model.
You are correct. Plus waitrose didn't pay any rent . It was part of the JLL anchor deal.. The reason it didn't work was location and convenience. Back end of the scheme and not an easy shop. This will do well.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...[/p][/quote]M&S food hall does well, I believe this Little Waitrose is based on the same model.[/p][/quote]You are correct. Plus waitrose didn't pay any rent . It was part of the JLL anchor deal.. The reason it didn't work was location and convenience. Back end of the scheme and not an easy shop. This will do well. elvisimo
  • Score: 1

8:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Dave Of The South says...

Reading between the lines - John Lewis dept store is probably not making enough money as many people shop online these days. Having a Little Waitrose in-store is a win-win. People go to LW & end up wandering around JL & vice-versa. Wasted floor space now makes money! Give me LW over MS food any day!
Reading between the lines - John Lewis dept store is probably not making enough money as many people shop online these days. Having a Little Waitrose in-store is a win-win. People go to LW & end up wandering around JL & vice-versa. Wasted floor space now makes money! Give me LW over MS food any day! Dave Of The South
  • Score: -4

12:51am Wed 23 Jul 14

Poppy22 says...

mr.southampton wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote: Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...
Somehow I doubt they will be going for the same clientèle.
It's interesting to look at the clientele in the supermarket car parks now - many women in particular will shop at almost all the supermarkets, depending on where they are when, from Aldi/Lidl through Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons to Waitrose and M&S, as there are good products and competitive prices to be found in all. Plus you can get a free coffee or tea daily in Waitrose if you have a "My Waitrose" card (no need for a Costa or similar visit!) and a free newspaper if you spend £5 (£10 at weekends I think). Great to see that Waitrose will be back in West Quay for a few bits and bobs when there. It was a pain having to drive to Portswood, though handy for Aldi/Lidl, Farmfoods etc too!
[quote][p][bold]mr.southampton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...[/p][/quote]Somehow I doubt they will be going for the same clientèle.[/p][/quote]It's interesting to look at the clientele in the supermarket car parks now - many women in particular will shop at almost all the supermarkets, depending on where they are when, from Aldi/Lidl through Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons to Waitrose and M&S, as there are good products and competitive prices to be found in all. Plus you can get a free coffee or tea daily in Waitrose if you have a "My Waitrose" card (no need for a Costa or similar visit!) and a free newspaper if you spend £5 (£10 at weekends I think). Great to see that Waitrose will be back in West Quay for a few bits and bobs when there. It was a pain having to drive to Portswood, though handy for Aldi/Lidl, Farmfoods etc too! Poppy22
  • Score: 3

7:56am Wed 23 Jul 14

thesouth says...

Considering how many people are currently unemployed locally, I'm surprised they only got 213 applications
Considering how many people are currently unemployed locally, I'm surprised they only got 213 applications thesouth
  • Score: 3

8:14am Wed 23 Jul 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

Another advantage will be being able to descend, with ones trolley , by using the lifts to any level of the podium car park, all under cover, away from any inclement weather. When Waitrose opened their original West Quay store on the lower shopping level there were staff assisting customers to the podium car park with their trolleys, an excellent service.
If they do this at Little Waitrose it will make it even more attractive.
Another advantage will be being able to descend, with ones trolley , by using the lifts to any level of the podium car park, all under cover, away from any inclement weather. When Waitrose opened their original West Quay store on the lower shopping level there were staff assisting customers to the podium car park with their trolleys, an excellent service. If they do this at Little Waitrose it will make it even more attractive. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 1

10:04am Wed 23 Jul 14

Linesman says...

I wonder if loosehead applied for a job.
I wonder if loosehead applied for a job. Linesman
  • Score: -2

10:45am Wed 23 Jul 14

Hastagger says...

thesouth wrote:
Considering how many people are currently unemployed locally, I'm surprised they only got 213 applications
They are all raking it in as DJs following their appearance on immigration street!
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: Considering how many people are currently unemployed locally, I'm surprised they only got 213 applications[/p][/quote]They are all raking it in as DJs following their appearance on immigration street! Hastagger
  • Score: -1

12:02pm Wed 23 Jul 14

southamptonadi says...

Dave Of The South wrote:
Reading between the lines - John Lewis dept store is probably not making enough money as many people shop online these days. Having a Little Waitrose in-store is a win-win. People go to LW & end up wandering around JL & vice-versa. Wasted floor space now makes money! Give me LW over MS food any day!
West quay is one of John Lewis flagship stores, if they can't succeed there then the whole company is going to hit trouble.

They may have always wanted to replace the waitrose and were just waiting for the right moment, but your right about it being a win win, it can't really fail. And the incremental sales in other departments will be worth losing floor space to.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Of The South[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines - John Lewis dept store is probably not making enough money as many people shop online these days. Having a Little Waitrose in-store is a win-win. People go to LW & end up wandering around JL & vice-versa. Wasted floor space now makes money! Give me LW over MS food any day![/p][/quote]West quay is one of John Lewis flagship stores, if they can't succeed there then the whole company is going to hit trouble. They may have always wanted to replace the waitrose and were just waiting for the right moment, but your right about it being a win win, it can't really fail. And the incremental sales in other departments will be worth losing floor space to. southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

10:30pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Pobinr says...

Most of them are EU migrants taking homes & jobs from locals & adding to traffic jams.
Vote UKIP
Most of them are EU migrants taking homes & jobs from locals & adding to traffic jams. Vote UKIP Pobinr
  • Score: -6

11:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dave Of The South says...

southamptonadi wrote:
Dave Of The South wrote:
Reading between the lines - John Lewis dept store is probably not making enough money as many people shop online these days. Having a Little Waitrose in-store is a win-win. People go to LW & end up wandering around JL & vice-versa. Wasted floor space now makes money! Give me LW over MS food any day!
West quay is one of John Lewis flagship stores, if they can't succeed there then the whole company is going to hit trouble.

They may have always wanted to replace the waitrose and were just waiting for the right moment, but your right about it being a win win, it can't really fail. And the incremental sales in other departments will be worth losing floor space to.
I know I'm right ! Unlike your grammar! "but your right" should be "but you're right" YOU ARE is shortened to YOU'RE http://www.grammar-m
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[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Of The South[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines - John Lewis dept store is probably not making enough money as many people shop online these days. Having a Little Waitrose in-store is a win-win. People go to LW & end up wandering around JL & vice-versa. Wasted floor space now makes money! Give me LW over MS food any day![/p][/quote]West quay is one of John Lewis flagship stores, if they can't succeed there then the whole company is going to hit trouble. They may have always wanted to replace the waitrose and were just waiting for the right moment, but your right about it being a win win, it can't really fail. And the incremental sales in other departments will be worth losing floor space to.[/p][/quote]I know I'm right ! Unlike your grammar! "but your right" should be "but you're right" YOU ARE is shortened to YOU'RE http://www.grammar-m onster.com/easily_co nfused/youre_your.ht m Dave Of The South
  • Score: -1

10:44am Sat 9 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

elvisimo wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available...
Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...
M&S food hall does well, I believe this Little Waitrose is based on the same model.
You are correct. Plus waitrose didn't pay any rent . It was part of the JLL anchor deal.. The reason it didn't work was location and convenience. Back end of the scheme and not an easy shop. This will do well.
Waitrose paid seperate rent to JLP their rent was £1,000,000 PA and as has previously been said their turnover only just covered the rent and staff wages hence the move to portswood
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Waitrose had a big place in West Quay when it first opened and couldn't afford to keep it there as the rents were too high for the profit margins they made, while competing with the other supermarkets... That is why they made the move to Portswood when that site became available... Doubt it will sustain itself, even on a smaller scale... Asda is just up the road and far more competitive on prices with their 10% cheaper guarantee...[/p][/quote]M&S food hall does well, I believe this Little Waitrose is based on the same model.[/p][/quote]You are correct. Plus waitrose didn't pay any rent . It was part of the JLL anchor deal.. The reason it didn't work was location and convenience. Back end of the scheme and not an easy shop. This will do well.[/p][/quote]Waitrose paid seperate rent to JLP their rent was £1,000,000 PA and as has previously been said their turnover only just covered the rent and staff wages hence the move to portswood Kirsty666
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