A Waitrose team has moved equipment on site ready to start the six-week conversion, beginning next week, of the former North Walsham Cromer Road Focus DIY store.

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Interviews for 150 jobs at the new store, due to open on November 29, have finished and a spokesman said people would be offered posts shortly.

Waitrose earlier reported that more than 600 people had applied for the jobs.

The spokesman confirmed that there would be no initial on-site staff parking because the limited 154-spaces available had to be reserved for customers until demand became clearer.

The spokesman said: “When the branch opens, we expect it to be quite busy and there will be no on-site parking for partners (employees). Because of the limited size of the site, the customer car park will need to be reserved for customers.

“However once trade settles down the branch management team, led by branch manager, Ashley Broad, will look at quieter times when they can allow partners to park in the customer car park. They are also exploring opportunities for off-street parking arrangements in the local area.”

The spokesman added: “Our policy is to always recruit as locally as possible which ensures partners have local knowledge. This also means that partners are likely to be able to get to work by walking, cycling, or using local public transport - as part of the scheme two bus stops are being installed.

“The new branch will be operating a green travel plan which identifies and encourages people to use sustainable ways to get to work such as car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling, and a partner in branch will be responsible for looking after this.

“It is also important to put this into perspective as, although we will be employing up to 150 local people, only around a fifth of partners will be working at any one time and only a proportion of these again will travel by car.”

Temporary traffic lights were in place over the weekend and yesterday on Cromer Road, outside the new store. The spokesman said these were to enable a power substation to be installed this week ahead of the branch opening.

8 comments

  • Why should it bother the reporters of the EDP what the staff parking policy is? Who do they think they are?

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    chris

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Who cares really? They will sort themselves out somehow and I don't think they will be too concerned about what Archant readers think. I will be pleased to see the store open, I won't shop there often but it will be nice to have somewhere near to buy special treats once in a while.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • If I didn't have a car, no. If Ididn't have a job, no. If I didn't have a car or a job, no.

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    Mylen1um

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • it's really good for local people to have this employment opportunity, and being local they shouldnt need to drive so I fail to see what the issue is!

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • why has the EDP suddenly got gripe about this new store?? the chiefs will no doubt be able to park thier chariots in the car park but not the indians ponies as per usual. but why has this paper suddenly decided there would be a parking issue or is it a tongue in cheek poke at thier own parking issues. leave the store alone at least they are helping to decrease unemployment in the area.

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • I am going to agree with Ian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, has Alex Hurrell really got nothing better to contribute to the news than this drivel ?, the firm I work for has no on site parking, would you like to do an article on them next week ?. How about some upbeat reporting on a new store rejuvenating North Walsham retailing, or is it a more personal problem Ms Hurrel has with Waitrose ?

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • So, to go back to my original post, why this appparent negativity to the seriously welcomed Waitrose? I really don't understand this, Chris is correct, C13 is correct, My1m is correct, so, why this negative article???????

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    Windless

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Why this apparent negativity to Waitrose when they haven't even moved in yet? Any jobs being made available in North Walsham, or, indeed anywhere in Norfolk should be welcomed. If anyone local is lucky enough to get a job, I'm sure their ability to park will be far from their mind! Also, come to think of it, there's already a huge car park right opposite where Frehaulf used to be? So why the negativity that this article suggests?

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    Windless

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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