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John Lewis announces Chelmsford opening date

Thursday 14 July 2016

 
John Lewis Chelmsford set to open its doors this September

John Lewis today announces its shop in Chelmsford, alongside the wider Bond Street development, will open its doors to customers for the first time at 9.30am on Thursday 29 September.

John Lewis Chelmsford's 90,000 sq ft shop represents an £18m investment in Chelmsford by the retailer. As well as offering more than 65,000 fashion, beauty, home and electrical products, the shop will bring together the retailer's best services, including a beauty treatment room, a Foreign Exchange bureau and a Nursery Advice service. Customers will also be able to take advantage of John Lewis's click & collect facility and benefit from 20 minutes free parking in the Bond Street car parks.

Laura Rawstron, branch manager, John Lewis Chelmsford said: 'I'm thrilled to be able to confirm that John Lewis Chelmsford will open on Thursday 29 September. The business has had ambition to open a shop  in Essex for some time now, and the Bond Street development couldn't be a better proposition for us.

'I am delighted to be welcoming a team who I know will deliver the exceptional levels of customer service that John Lewis is renowned for to the people of Chelmsford and Essex, and look forward to meeting our very first customers in just over two months time.'

Tony Chambers, Chairman, Aquila, commented: 'The opening of the new John Lewis store, along with a fantastic range of other shops and restaurants, will transform the shopping experience in Chelmsford. This has been a long time coming but I am confident it will prove to be worth waiting for.'

Other retailers opening on the same day as part of the wider Bond Street development include White Company, Foyles, Joules and Jack Wills. Located at the heart of the city centre, the development will feature a range of riverside restaurants and an Everyman cinema.

The opening date announcement comes as John Lewis Chelmsford launches its search for local charities to support as part of its Community Matters programme. Anyone can nominate a charity which sees £3,000 split between three important local charities every 12 weeks.

Nominations for Essex's first Community Matters programme can be made by sending a 100-200 word nomination to CommunityMattersEssex@johnlewis.co.uk. Emails should highlight the charity's cause and why it's important to Chelmsford residents.


Notes to editors

John Lewis - operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 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 typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology, and was named 'Best In-Store Experience', 'Best Clothing Retailer,' 'Best Electricals Retailer,' 'Best Furniture Retailer,' 'Best Homewares Retailer' and 'Best Click & Collect Retailer' in the 2016 Verdict Customers Satisfaction awards.

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.

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General enquires

For further information please contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk