Supermarket Chain Waitrose Opens First Cashless Store

Waitrose has become the UK's first major supermarket brand to operate a cashless store following its new opening in Sky's flagship head office building at its campus in Osterley.

It is the first Waitrose to open on a workplace campus in almost 20 years and at 1,400 sq ft becomes the second smallest store in the retailer's estate. The little Waitrose branded shop is located inside Sky's new office building - Sky Central - which will be home to more than 3,500 staff. Waitrose opened its only other office based store in 1998 - a 520 sq ft shop at British Airways' Waterside headquarters in Harmondsworth.

Sky employees are only able to pay by card or through their mobile devices at one of the five self-service checkouts in the store.

The retailer met with groups of Sky employees to determine what they would like to see in their new store. There is a focus on evening meals and food to go, including fresh sandwiches, wraps and sushi, as well as a selection of fresh produce and ingredients, celebration cakes, freshly cut flowers and store cupboard staples. Bread and croissants are baked each day, too.

Find out more about the Waitrose brand on its website here.