Foodies await Waitrose Chester plans

Supermarket chain Waitrose said it will publish plans for consultation later this year for its new 'full offer' store on the site of Boughton Retail Centre.

Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership, has acquired the site on the main road out of Chester to the east of the city centre and is working with planners on a design ahead of consultation and a planning application.

The upmarket grocer is clearly pushing hard into Cheshire and North Wales: the first Waitrose shop in North Wales opened in Menai Bridge in March. The fourth store in Cheshire opened in Altrincham in October 2009 at the Stamford Brook joint venture by Redrow and the National Trust. It has others in Sandbach, Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme.

A spokesman for Waitrose said: "Waitrose is working closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council to bring forward a comprehensive and sympathetic development which will enhance the Boughton area, with a view to submitting an application later this year."

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Yum yum. Met their development manager at a Place event recently and he seemed a good guy. He must be very persuasive at head office and the numbers from Menai, Altrincham etc looking good. More please!