THE manager of a new Waitrose store which is set to open in Gerrards Cross says that he believes the shop can thrive despite the presence of three other supermarkets in the village.

The store, in Station Road, is undergoing the finishing touches before its opening on May 31.

Some villagers have been concerned that Gerrards Cross will struggle to accommodate the store, with Fisher’s, Marks & Spencer and Tesco already established there, but manager Steve Peppiatt, 32, is not worried about the competition.

He said: “Hopefully we will be able to offer customers something else and different that they cannot get at the other supermarkets. We have positive feedback from a lot of people in this village.”

Waitrose is also set to revamp the Station Road car park, which is run by South Bucks District Council, as part of their work in the village.

It will serve as the main car park for visitors to their store, but customers will have to pay to use it because it is still controlled by the district council.

Mr Peppiatt said: “I don’t see that being a problem. I have worked at other stores where there has been the same situation and it has not been an issue.”

Staff at the store are also keen to get involved in community events and Mr Peppiatt took part in the Gerrards Cross Fun Run at the weekend.

He said: “We want to become part of the community here, and I really enjoyed running in the Fun Run.

“We will be giving away £1,000 a month to charities in the area, so we want to get to know about as many causes as possible and make a difference where we can.”