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John Lewis sets its sights on Horsham for a new at home shop

Thursday 19 December 2013


Retailer confirms third joint venture with Waitrose

John Lewis today announced plans to open a 45,000 sq ft at home in Horsham as early as autumn 2015.

The shop, adjoining Waitrose in the new West End development owned by Westrock and the British Airways Pension Fund, will be the third co-located site for a John Lewis at home and Waitrose supermarket. The first combined scheme opened in Ipswich in October 2012 and plans for a second co-location in Basingstoke were announced earlier this year.

The two shops represent a £11 million pound investment by the John Lewis Partnership.  John Lewis will create 125 new jobs, split across full and part time roles. Waitrose currently employs 120 Partners locally and will be creating a further 50 roles as part of the development, meaning the total number of new jobs will be 175.

Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis said: 'We are very pleased to announce plans for our third John Lewis at home and Waitrose venture. The significant investment and job creation represents a real vote of confidence for Horsham and we look forward to becoming part of the local community.'

Robin Barton, development director of Westrock said: 'We have been working for a number of years to ensure that the West End of Horsham enhances the town's retail offer.  We are delighted that John Lewis at home will open alongside the new Waitrose in the Westrock development.  We know from the consultation that we have undertaken locally that this was exactly what residents of Horsham wanted.'

John Lewis at home Horsham will focus on furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware, home and electrical technology, nursery and travel goods, selling over two floors. It will also include a selection of skincare. Waitrose Horsham will include a bakery, meat, fish, cheese and deli counters and ranges such as essential Waitrose, Heston from Waitrose and Duchy Originals from Waitrose.


Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and 10 John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com, 263 Waitrose supermarkets, 39 Waitrose convenience stores, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad.  The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn.  It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 85,500 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis - John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Retailer of the Year 2013' ¹ , 'The Nation's Best Retailer' ² and 'Best Retailer 2013' ³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores.  The website stocks over 250,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com).  John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2013
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013.


Enquiries

For further information, please contact:

Emma Moran
Senior Press Officer, John Lewis
Telephone:  0207 592 6058
Email: emma_moran@johnlewis.co.uk