Posted: 23/08/2013

High Court rules in favour of Waitrose’s Cornish food hall


Despite opposition from the local council, Waitrose has been given the green light for its controversial Truro outlet, which will feature a Cornish food hall.

Last week, a High Court judge overturned objections by Truro City Council and local retailers to the £40m Truro East development that will now see a Waitrose store built on Duchy of Cornwall land on the edge of the city.

The scheme will feature a park-and-ride and 100 new homes, while the Waitrose building will incorporate a separate Cornish food hall to be operated by The Taste of Cornwall, a consortium of farmers and food processors.

Earlier this month, Waitrose officially opened its new venture ‘The Farm Shop, Leckford Estate’, on the parent company John Lewis Partnership’s 4,000 acre working farm in Hampshire – now known as “the Waitrose farm”.

As well as showcasing the Estate’s produce the shop has already established links with over 60 local suppliers.

The farm shop, which includes an 80-cover coffee shop, is housed in a purpose-built oak-framed building, with shop-fittings handmade by a local carpenter.

Waitrose said the Estate had worked with Taste of the South East and Hampshire Fare to identify local producers.

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