Upmarket department store John Lewis has announced its shop in Chelmsford will open its doors to customers for the first time at 9.30am on September 29.
John Lewis’ first store in Essex represents an £18 million investment in Chelmsford, Bond Street by the retailer. The launch date coincides with the opening of other shops involved in the wider Bond Street development.
As well as offering more than 65,000 fashion, beauty, home and electrical products, the 90,000 sq ft 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 comments: “I’m thrilled to be able to confirm that John Lewis Chelmsford will open on Thursday September 29. 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.”
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.
Tony Chambers, chairman, Aquila, adds: “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.”
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 good cause, which sees £3,000 split between the three every 12 weeks.