The Ritzy Cinema, in Windrush Square, will be transformed into the Waitrose store, which is due to open on April 1 next year.
Ritzy owners are to sell the picture house to the John Lewis Partnership, and the convenience store will be the first of its kind in Brixton, right at the “beating heart” of the vibrant town centre.
Waitrose spokesperson, Joe King, said: “Brixton is a buzzing, vibrant part of south London that is a venerable melting pot of culture, and it is fast becoming a real foodie haven.
“Not long ago this site was home to a dusty old cinema, with nothing but movies and bar snacks for all the community, but it will now be utterly transformed. It’ll be an attractive, high quality development that sets a high standard for other developers. We hope it will attract the kind of wealthy people who can afford to live in Brixton now.”
The move will create 20 zero-hour contract jobs, none of them for local people. It is not thought that any of the staff will be paid the Living Wage.
There are now 303 Waitrose branches throughout the UK and nearly a third of stores fall within the M25. Later this year, another little Waitrose will be opening in West Hampstead.
What is the date today, Ed?