John Lewis has today (Friday January 15) announced that James Prince will become head of branch at its proposed department store in Leeds.
Set to open the autumn, John Lewis will invest £37 million in the 255,000sq ft department store, which will be one of the largest outside London.
James will lead the team of 550 Partners (staff) at Leeds, the recruitment of which will begin in the next few months. He is head of branch at John Lewis Sheffield, but has lived in Leeds for the past four years.
He started his John Lewis career eight years ago as an operations manager at John Lewis Liverpool, and prior to his current role he opened the first John Lewis ‘at home’ shop in Poole as the branch manager.
The retailer will be the anchor tenant of the Victoria Gate development in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter. The department store frames the scheme and is a major entrance to Leeds’ retail core from the eastern side.
John Lewis Leeds will be the third John Lewis to open in Yorkshire and will feature more than 350,000 products. The retailer 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.