John Lewis York opened its doors last week, on Thursday April 10. The 92,000sq ft department store, located at Vangarde Shopping Park in Huntington, is the retailer’s 41st shop and the first John Lewis shop to open this year.
The shop opening comes at an exciting time for John Lewis, as the business marks its 150th anniversary this year.
From 8.30am, 150 customers queued outside to await the chance to explore the shop’s extensive product lines across home, fashion, beauty, consumer electronics and nursery. Customers will have two eateries to choose from: The Hotel Chocolat Coco Bar café on the ground floor or the Place to Eat on the first floor.
Customers will also have access to computer terminals in the shop to enable them to browse and purchase products from the johnlewis.com range for next day delivery. There will also be a range of services on offer to complement the wide product offering, including: personal styling, gift list, furnishing fabrics and floorcoverings, tech services, fitted kitchens and bathrooms and a home design service.
Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, said: “York has long been a sought after location for us and we’re delighted to be able to expand our reach to customers across the Yorkshire region, providing them with more convenient access to our inspiring products and great service. We’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community here in York.”
Robert Garnish, branch manager of John Lewis York, said: “Having grown up in Yorkshire, I’m especially excited to be here today as we welcome customers to the shop for the very first time. It’s the culmination of many weeks’ of hard work and it’s fantastic to see how much has been achieved.”
“The new shop is perfectly placed to meet customers’ needs in the York area, with a wide range of products and services on offer and two premium eateries. We’ve now employed 300 people for the shop, and I can’t wait to get to know each of them as well as all of our new customers.”
John Lewis operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and 10 John Lewis at home) as well as johnlewis.com.