Deputy Mayor of London for Business & Enterprise, Kit Malthouse, took delivery of the “We Want Waitrose” petition in Sidcup today (Tuesday). The Deputy Mayor will now present the petition signed by over 5,500 people to the London Assembly as well as to Waitrose in the next stage of the continuing campaign to press the retailer to open their planned Sidcup store.
James Brokenshire joined the Leader of Bexley Council Teresa O’Neil and local councillors outside of the proposed Waitrose development in Sidcup High Street for the formal presentation of the petition which has gained support from residents and businesses alike. Local campaigners want Waitrose to follow through on opening a new store in Sidcup after plans were put on hold following a review by the retailer of their convenience store business plan.
The new Waitrose store was intended to form part of a new development in the eastern section of Sidcup High Street incorporating a new Travelodge Hotel which is now nearing completion. Waitrose have said that they still want to open a new store in Sidcup but a re-think of their expansion plans and the current business climate has meant that they have had to re-think the opening.
Commenting, James Brokenshire said:
“It is quite something to see this level of local support for the opening of a new supermarket. Normally it’s the other way round. If Waitrose are in any doubt about the level of likely demand for a Sidcup store, this petition should certainly help put this beyond doubt.
“The welcome backing from the Deputy Mayor underlines how this development could boost local business alongside the £1.8m investment being provided by the Mayor of London to help regenerate Sidcup High Street. That’s why we need to press on with the campaign and maintain the pressure on Waitrose to open their promised store sooner rather than later.”