John Lewis opens its largest new shop in four years – the new £35m Birmingham shop

Opening marks £35 million investment and retailer’s largest new shop in four years

LONDON, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today opened its new £35million Birmingham shop, signalling the business’ commitment to the British High Street and the importance of investing in physical shops as part of its growth strategy.

Anchor tenant of the city’s new Grand Central retail development, John Lewis Birmingham is the retailer’s largest shop to open in four years and one of the biggest John Lewis department stores in the UK.

The 250,000 sq ft shop has created 650 new jobs across Birmingham and the wider region with the business having committed to reaching the local long-term and youth unemployed in its recruitment process. The retailer today revealed it received over 10,000 applications for the new jobs – more than 15 applicants per role.

John Lewis Birmingham is the retailer’s most innovative shop to date, having been chosen to debut several brand new services and concepts, including fashion and lifestyle concept loved&found, and the first John Lewis-branded spa, &Beauty. These form part of the business’ ambition to expand the services and experiences within its shops and its commitment to investing in shops as part of an omnichannel approach.

Andy Street, managing director, John Lewis said:

‘Today sends a clear message that John Lewis is firmly committed to the British High Street and that physical shops remain as important to us as they do to our customers.

‘Birmingham is a city which we have wanted to be a part of for many years and the New Street Station and Grand Central development offered us the perfect opportunity to make this a reality.

‘Our new Birmingham regional flagship shop is a bold expression of the very best of John Lewis in 2015 and it is particularly exciting that customers will be able to step directly from New Street Station, into four floors of inspiring fashion, home and technology.’

Lisa Williams, head of branch, John Lewis Birmingham added:

‘Birmingham is a city that has always led the way, so it feels right that Birmingham is home to our most innovative shop to date. My team and I are looking forward to welcoming customers to what is a unique retail space.

‘Our recruitment process has been incredibly successful, with unprecedented demand – at one point we were receiving one application every minute. We have built a great team, with our 650 Partners coming from right across the region.

‘Becoming a part of the local community is incredibly important to us and I was delighted to be joined by the three local charities we are supporting to officially open the shop. We are excited to welcome customers for the first time and hope that they will be as delighted in this new shopping experience as we are.’

John Lewis Birmingham is located in the Grand Central retail development, directly above New Street Station.

Opening hours for the new shop are 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday with 10.30am-11am browsing time. You can find out more about the store including the services available on the JohnLewis.com website(www.johnlewis.com).

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 45 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’4, 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.

4 Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Siân Grieve, Senior Communications Manager (Corporate & Brand)
Telephone: 020 7592 6887
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk

John Lewis to open its new regional flagship shop in Birmingham on 24 September 2015

Multi-million pound regional flagship shop to open its doors on Thursday 24 September 2015

LONDON, 2015-7-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced today that its new regional flagship shop in Birmingham will open its doors to customers at 10am on Thursday 24 September 2015.

The date marks the completion of the 250,000 sq ft department store, a £35 million investment by John Lewis in the city, which will see the retailer reveal a number of brand new retail experiences across its fashion, beauty and home departments.

John Lewis Birmingham will be the anchor tenant of the new Grand Central retail development. Customers will be able to shop more than 350,000 products from the retailer’s full range, including the latest fashion, furniture, homewares, beauty and technology, in a landmark four-storey building in the heart of the city.

Alongside the retailer’s Place To Eat cafe customers will also have the choice of dining at the shop’s Joe & the Juice. Computer terminals will be available throughout the department store to enable customers to browse and purchase products from the johnlewis.com range for next day delivery.

Lisa Williams, Head of Branch at John Lewis Birmingham, said: ‘It is so exciting to be able to announce the opening date of our regional flagship shop. I can’t wait to meet my team of Partners (staff) and start welcoming customers through the doors to what will be our most innovative shop to date.

‘We’ve been so grateful for the support from the community since we announced our plans to open the new shop, and we can’t wait to bring the best John Lewis has to offer to Birmingham on the 24 September.’

Housed in the newly-redeveloped New Street Station, the shop will be one of the most conveniently located department stores in the country. Its station site also ensures that it is ideally located for commuters to collect purchases via johnlewis.com’s Click and Collect service when going to and from the station.

Opening hours for the shop will be 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday with 10:30-11am browsing time.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 339 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 93,800 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 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 Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, 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.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Lauren Sciberras
Senior Communications Officer
Email: lauren.sciberras@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 798 3121

John Lewis: Applications for more than 500 roles at John Lewis Birmingham shop open tomorrow; Recruitment for over 200 new roles in Milton Keynes underway

New roles created as the retailer invests in both bricks and clicks

  • Over 500 vacancies go live tomorrow in Birmingham, to join team of 150 specialist roles already being recruited
  • Recruitment is underway for over 200 new roles in Milton Keynes.

LONDON, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis is recruiting for roles to support its Bricks and Clicks strategy with new roles available in both its shops and distribution operations.

Applications for more than 500 roles at John Lewis’s new multi-million pound regional flagship Birmingham shop open tomorrow. This is in addition to the 150 specialist vacancies already being recruited for at the Birmingham shop and 200 new jobs being created at John Lewis’s national distribution centres in Magna Park, Milton Keynes, that will be recruited for over the next twelve months.

In Birmingham, the retailer is on the hunt for new Partners (staff) to fill a variety of positions from sales assistants to stock and catering roles. The successful applicants will join a team of 150 specialist roles across visual merchandising, business protection, admin and maintenance for which recruitment is already underway.

One of the largest John Lewis shops outside of London, it is the business’ first full-line shop to open in four years and represents a £35million investment by John Lewis in the city. Set to open in September, the 250,000 sq ft department store will be the anchor tenant of the new £150million Grand Central retail development.

The recruitment drive forms part of John Lewis’ ongoing commitment to Birmingham. To ensure that the roles created by the shop are accessible to local people, the business has been working alongside the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership (BGAP) for two years to develop a pre-employment training package targeted at engaging potential Partners from across the community.

Head of Branch at John Lewis Birmingham, Lisa Williams, said: ‘It’s really exciting to be starting this stage of the recruitment process tomorrow. I can’t wait to find the hundreds of residents from the city and surrounding areas who will be instrumental in John Lewis Birmingham’s development.

‘John Lewis gives Partners fantastic opportunities to progress and move up the career ladder. I joined the Partnership 26 years ago as a part time selling assistant when I was still at school and have been supported every step of the way to management level. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic people who are eager to work within a team and importantly, have a passion for retail.’

In Milton Keynes, the recruitment drive for over 200 jobs at John Lewis’s national distribution centres in Magna Park, began last week. Recruitment will be phased over the next twelve months, with a variety of full and part time warehouse assistant roles available. Responsibilities will include receiving and storing products, picking individual branch orders, loading goods onto trailers using mechanical handling equipment such as forklift trucks and ensuring the right products go to the right shops.

Terry Murphy, Director of National Distribution Centres at John Lewis, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to join our distribution teams in Milton Keynes. As customers shopping habits evolve so must our operational business model. Increasing our numbers will enable us to not only react and fulfill omnichannel shopping experiences, but to also provide a better service to our shops and customers.’

Both distribution centres ‘Magna Park 1 & 2’ occupy over 1.3 million sq ft and are adjoined by a 90 metre link bridge. They service all 43 John Lewis shops and a growing online business. Also recently announced was the opening of a third distribution centre in Milton Keynes next year, further supporting the growth of its omnichannel business.

Successful applicants will become a part of John Lewis’s unique Partnership structure, meaning they become Partners and are all co-owners of the business, as well as receiving a host of benefits, including an annual bonus, access to holiday and leisure facilities, education and career development support.

All applicants for roles at John Lewis should log onto: www.jlpjobs.com to apply for available positions.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 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, ‘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.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Lauren Scriberras
Senior Communications Officer, Online & Flagships, John Lewis
Telephone: 0207 798 3121
Email: lauren.sciberras@johnlewis.co.uk

Laura Askew
Communications Manager, Online & Flagships, John Lewis
Telephone: 0207 798 3396
Email: laura.askew@johnlewis.co.uk