John Lewis plans to open a 45,000sq ft ‘at home’ store in the West Sussex town of Horsham next autumn.
The shop will be co-located with Waitrose in the new West End development, owned by Westrock and the British Airways Pension Fund. The two stores represent a £11 million pound investment by the John Lewis Partnership. The combined venture will be the third co-located site for a John Lewis ‘at home’ and Waitrose supermarket. The first opened in Ipswich in October 2012 and plans for a second in Basingstoke were announced earlier this year.
Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, said: ‘We are very pleased to announce plans for our third John Lewis ‘at home’ and Waitrose venture. The significant investment and job creation represents a real vote of confidence for Horsham and we look forward to becoming part of the local community.’
Robin Barton, development director of Westrock said: ‘We have been working for a number of years to ensure that the West End of Horsham enhances the town’s retail offer. We are delighted that John Lewis ‘at home’ will open alongside the new Waitrose in the Westrock development. We know from the consultation that we have undertaken locally that this was exactly what residents of Horsham wanted.’
John Lewis ‘at home’ Horsham will focus on furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware, home and electrical technology, selling over two floors.
The John Lewis Partnership operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and 10 John Lewis ‘at home’), 263 Waitrose supermarkets and 39 Waitrose convenience stores.