John Lewis prepares to open new Chelmsford branch

John Lewis’ new department store in the Essex town of Chelmsford is set to open its doors on Thursday September 29.

The 90,000sq ft shop, which represents an £18m investment, will anchor the Bond Street development scheme owned by Aquila which will include 20 retail units.

John Lewis says that in addition to over 65,000 fashion, beauty, home and electrical products, the shop will bring together ‘some of the best services’ that it has to offer’.

These include a Kuoni travel concession, a Home Design Service, a nursery advice service, a Bureau de Change which will offer 60 different currencies and a new Bar:Cafe concept from Benugo.

The branch will also have the largest beauty hall out of all of John Lewis’ small full-line department stores at 7,900sq ft, with 14 premium beauty counters including M.A.C, Charlotte Tilbury and Nars. Chelmsford will also feature fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Whistles, Finery and John Lewis’s new own-brand luxury womenswear label Modern Rarity.

Branch manager Laura Rawstron said: “Fashion and beauty will be John Lewis Chelmsford’s forte and I’m excited to announce the brands that will make the shop a key destination for shoppers in Essex. We’ve carefully curated brands that we know the Chelmsford community will enjoy and very much look forward to opening the shop on September 29.”

Every three months, John Lewis Chelmsford will select three community groups to help as part of the retailer’s Community Matters charitable giving scheme. Customers will be involved in deciding how much each nominated group receives, by using a token to vote for the organisation they’d like to support. The first three charities are The Lovely Lily-Mae Organisation, Farleigh Hospice and Chelmsford City Mencap Football Club.

These services and brands were revealed during a construction tour of the shop this week, which is now entering the final weeks of internal fit-out and has provided over 300 retail jobs.

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

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