John Lewis opened the doors to its first Essex branch this morning.
Part of Chelmsford’s new £150m Bond Street development, the department store includes 90,000ft2 of selling space over three floors, stocking over 65,000 products.
John Lewis Chelmsford’s interior design pays 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.”
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 staff coming from Chelmsford and the surrounding area.