Waitrose agree deal for new store and cookery school at King’s Cross

09:53 20 February 2013

An aerial view of part of the King

An aerial view of part of the King's Cross development.


Waitrose is to open a huge food and wine store in the King’s Cross development.

Midland Goods Shed

•The Midland Goods Shed was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1850.

•It served as a temporary passenger terminal while the current King’s Cross station was being built.

•When King’s Cross station was completed, it became a goods shed and a three story annex was added at its southern end.

•The canopy, erected in 1888 to the east of the Midland Goods Shed, provided a covered area for the unloading of potatoes.

In addition to the 29,000sq ft store the supermarket will also operate a 3,000sq ft cookery school in the restored Grade II listed Midland Goods Shed and East Handyside Canopy. Both are due to open in 2015.

The shop, agreed in a deal between Waitrose and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) which is managing the site, will create 170 new jobs and the cookery school will offer free sessions for schools and local people.

As well as running paid-for cookery courses, Waitrose will work with KCCLP and Camden Council to provide free sessions for school and other priority groups from the local area.

The aim of the free sessions is to teach basic cooking skills and inspire a passion for good food. The sessions would cover nutrition, healthy eating and balanced diets.

Richard Meier, partner at Argent, asset manager for KCCLP, said: “It is fantastic to have a quality brand like Waitrose sign up at King’s Cross.

“We are creating a truly mixed-use development and this supermarket will become an everyday attraction both for the residents, students, workers and visitors already on site, as well as the wider local community.

“King’s Cross is becoming a retail and restaurant destination and this Waitrose shop will create a fantastic shopping experience with real character located within the restored Grade II listed buildings.

“The innovative cookery school is particularly exciting and an important part of the place we are creating at King’s Cross and we look forward to working with Waitrose and Camden Council to see it benefit local schools and groups in the area.”

Waitrose managing director, Mark Price, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the continuing regeneration of King’s Cross and are looking forward to creating up to 170 new jobs and building on the success of our school in Finchley Road.

“We always believe that, as a food retailer, we have responsibility to help educate and inspire people not only when it comes to their weekly shop but also when it comes to creating and enjoying good food. It’s fantastic to give even more people the opportunity to develop their culinary skills.”

The supermarket will not have a car park but will have a customer drop off/pick up area and customers will also be able to use the multi-storey car park being built elsewhere in the development.

The deal with Waitrose is subject to funding and planning.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest business news

Monday, October 5, 2015
The scene at today's protest (Photo: Garry Stephen White)

A protest by black cab drivers has again caused gridlock in London as cabbies take to the streets in their long-running battle with Transport for London over the way private hire vehicles, including Uber, are regulated.

Friday, October 2, 2015
We tested the system by entering fictitious details

It has been revealed that Uber’s petition to TfL contains fake signatures, with social media users signing up as ‘Mickey Mouse’ and other fictional alter egos.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Hailo's decision to return to its black cab roots comes at a significant pointin the trade's battle with TfL (Photo: Hailo)

A major car booking app has decided to give up its Private Hire Vehicle licence (also known as PHV or minicab) to “go back to black” cabs after TfL proposed tough new regulations on minicabs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Black cab drivers have long been campaigning for TfL to bring in stricter controls on Uber [Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for SOBEWFF]

Car hire app Uber has slammed planned TfL proposals to change how minicab companies operate in London - but the proposed changes have been welcomed by black cab drivers and the London Assembly’s transport chair who said it was important to ‘protect’ passengers.

Monday, September 28, 2015
View from Commercial Street of how Bishopsgate goodsyard development will look

A battle for the heart of east London has now switched to City Hall in a manoeuvre to get Boris Johnson to push through the controversial Bishopsgate goodsyard development before he steps down as Mayor of London next May.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Saasha Demo-ing the app

After reports showing that more than £12billion of food is thrown away globally every year, a new app is tackling the issue one community at a time.


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Read more

London Bloggers

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Vintage Salt

Vintage Salt, in Liverpool Street, is wonderfully atmospheric, like stepping back into a dining room at a period seaside resort.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Pickled sardines

On a dreary main road where high rise flats line the horizon Rootdown restaurant stands next to a busy roundabout.