WHITELEY Shopping Centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary with commendations for colleagues who have been with the centre since the beginning, a decade after opening the doors following an £84 million redevelopment.

In 2013, more than 2,000 people queued for jobs at the new centre, with over 1,000 new roles created. Now, 10 years on, four of the centre’s original employees are being recognised as part of a summer of celebrations.

Teresa Cook, Vicky Bennett, Jess West, and Vicky Chivers all joined on day one when Whiteley opened and have played their part in its success over the past decade.

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Teresa, a Sales Advisor in the Moss Boss store, reacted to the news by saying: "The past decade has been one that I will cherish forever, and it has been truly remarkable to witness the centre's growth over the years.

“We have such an amazing range of stores at Whiteley, it’s hard not to take advantage of what’s on offer!” 

Vicky Bennett has spent her decade in Whiteley progressing to the role of Store Manager at Starbucks while Jess and Vicky Chivers both work at The Body Shop.

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Vicky said: “The last 10 years have flown by, and I have made so many memories with such wonderful people.

"I really hope that I continue to work here for many years to come, because it is a very special place!”

The four will receive flowers and chocolates from Whiteley as a token of appreciation for their contribution and long service.

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Over the last 10 years, the centre has played a pivotal role in the local community, providing employment opportunities, and supporting a host of charitable organisations through on-site fundraising opportunities, and in more recent years through annual partnerships via its Giving Box.

Mia Gordon, centre director at Whiteley, added: “The redevelopment a decade ago completely transformed the site and 10 years to the week since it opened, it’s brilliant to see the important role the centre now plays for the local community.

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“We’re proud to be a major employer in the area and as we mark this anniversary, we are especially pleased to have colleagues who’ve been with us throughout the journey.

“It’s great to hear that Teresa, Jess, Vicky, and Vicky have enjoyed being part of our team so much, and to see the opportunities working at Whiteley has provided for them to progress in their careers.”