John Lewis opens its first ever branch in Essex, John Lewis Chelmsford

London, 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — At 9.3 0 am this morning John Lewis Chelmsford opened its doors to customers, marking the opening of the retailer’s first ever branch in Essex. Part of Chelmsford’s new £150m Bond Street development, John Lewis Chelmsford includes 90,000 sq ft of selling space over three floors, stocking over 65,000 products.

John Lewis Chelmsford brings together some of the best services that John Lewis has to offer; from a Kuoni travel concession to its renowned Home Design Service and a new Bar:Cafe concept from Benugo, allowing customers to enjoy a glass of prosecco straight from a tap or Benugo’s signature coffee whilst they shop.

The shop has the largest beauty hall out of all of John Lewis’s small full-line department stores at 7,900 sq ft, with 14 premium beauty counters including M.A.C, Charlotte Tilbury and Nars. Chelmsford will also feature fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Whistles, Finery and John Lewis’s new own-brand luxury womenswear label modern rarity.

John Lewis Chelmsford’s interior design plays homage to the city’s heritage as the birthplace of radio. Various references, including On Air signs and microphones, can be found on display throughout the shop.

Laura Rawstron, Branch Manager at John Lewis Chelmsford, said: ‘Today marks a very exciting time for John Lewis and we’re delighted to open the doors to our first shop in Essex. It’s one of our most modern shops to date and brings together the very best of John Lewis’ products and services. Our new team of Partners have worked incredibly hard to get us to this stage and I’m very proud of everyone involved. Together with the Bond Street development, this John Lewis shop will create a new retail and leisure offer that ensures Chelmsford has something for everyone.’

At a ceremony held this morning, Branch Manager Laura Rawstron was joined by John Lewis Partner Stephanie Shields to cut the opening ribbon. Stephanie had been selected following her outstanding performance over the month-long training programme.

The opening day concludes John Lewis’s journey to Chelmsford, with the shop first breaking ground in January 2015. The shop, which represents an investment of £18m by John Lewis, has also recruited 300 Partners (staff) coming from Chelmsford and the surrounding area.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 47 John Lewis shops across the UK (33 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

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Development of John Lewis Chelmsford part of the Bond Street retail began, set to open autumn 2016

LONDON, 2015-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Work on the Bond Street retail development in Chelmsford, which will include a John Lewis flexible format department store,began today with a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion.

Set to open autumn 2016, John Lewis Chelmsford will anchor the second phase of the Bond Street development in Chelmsford City Centre, owned by Aquila. The scheme willinclude 20 retail units, providing a vibrant mix of shops, river fronted restaurants, and a cinema.

John Lewis Chelmsford will offer the full John Lewis product assortment, including fashion, beauty, electronics, home and nursery. The retailer will boost local employment with the creation of around 350 new jobs and John Lewis’s investment in the city stands at around £15m.

The Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor Norman Hume and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford City Council, Councillors Bob Villa and Valerie Villa, were among the attendees of today’s groundbreaking ceremony along with the founder of Aquila Tony Chambers and other key stakeholders from the local community who have helped considerably with this project.

Tim Harrison, Director of Store Development at John Lewis, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see work start on the Bond Street development in Chelmsford and what better way to mark the occasion than by bringing key stakeholders from the local community together. We’re excited at the prospect of opening a flexible format department store here,allowing us to create around 350 new jobs in the local area and providing John Lewis customers with greater convenience and ease of access to a broad range of products.

‘The shop’s selling space will total 90,000 sq ft, split over three floors and will include a customer café.John Lewis Chelmsford is the third flexible department store to be announced by the retailer, following Exeter which opened in 2012 and York which opened last year.

For more information on the project, please visit www.bondstreetchelmsford.co.uk

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 30,000 staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014.

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