The 36,000 sq ft supermarket in the home town of Waitrose's HQ was due to open for trading in April 2012 but will now open this November. Waitrose had a history of turning stores around quickly, a spokesman said, and plans had gathered pace since planning permission was granted in February.
The store is expected to create up to 180 new jobs and will be the first to be built in Bracknell town centre for more than 25 years kickstarting a wider regeneration programme. Features include sustainable timber panels and a curved green roof, which will limit the amount of rain that runs off and provide a safe habitat for wildlife and reduce the need for air conditioning or heating.
The development forms part of wider plans to build 10 larger stores and 25 to 30 eco-stores per year. "Bracknell has been home to our head office for nearly 40 years and we are delighted to be making such a major investment in the town," said Nigel Keen, director of development.