John Lewis opens its first department store in York
John Lewis has opened its first department store in York today. Situated in the citys Vangarde Shopping Park, the 92,000 sq ft shop is the retailers 41st shop and the first John Lewis store to open this year.
The retailer said 150 customers queued outside the doors from 8.30am this morning as they waited to explore the shop’s product lines across fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, home and nursery.
The store was officially opened by representatives from organisations that will benefit from the store’s charitable giving scheme Community Matters. The ceremony was attended by Accessible Arts and Media, Arc Life and Independent Domestic Abuse 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, added: ““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.”
The store’s eateries include a Coco Bar café by Hotel Chocolat on the ground floor. Customers will also have access to computer terminals in the shop to enable them to browse and purchase products from the wider johnlewis.com range for next day delivery.
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