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Bayswater Waitrose reopens with 80 new jobs after revamp

The refurbished branch in Bayswater was opened by 80-year-old partner Eileen O'Dwyer, and now employs 178 people

The reopening of Waitrose Baywater. Pictured are duty manager James Atkinson, partner Eileen O'Dwyer, and branch manager Peter Ibbotson(Image: Ashley Bingham)

An 80-year-old member of staff, who was worked at a supermarket for 40 years, has helped reopen the Waitrose branch in Bayswater.

Eileen O'Dwyer first started working at the Colonnades when it was a Bishop's supermarket in 1975.

The store was then taken over by Budgens before becoming a Waitrose seven years ago.

The revamped store has undergone a major refurbishment as part of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Colonnades in Westminster, creating an additional 80 jobs, bringing total staff numbers up to 178.

Eileen, who has no plans to retire, said: "I've wanted to work in a supermarket as I've always liked being around people and needed to support my family.

"Now that my children have flown the nest, working for Waitrose keeps me independent and I still love coming to work."

"I've seen lots of changes over the years and many young children grow up, but the best thing about my job is getting to chat to customers, many of whom queue up just to be served by me."

Branch manager Peter Ibbotson said: "Eileen is a much loved member of staff who is known locally by everybody. She's renowned for her friendly manner and always serves everybody with a smile.

"Having celebrated her 80th birthday this year, it's fantastic to see her still living life to the full and enjoying her work as much as we enjoying working with her."

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