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.

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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.

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