John Lewis Partnership opens first joint supermarket and at home offering
The John Lewis Partnership has announced the opening of its new Waitrose and John Lewis at Home stores in Ipswich. The shops, which have created 375 jobs, are the first Waitrose supermarket and John Lewis at Home shops to open next to each other.
John Lewis has invested £12 million in the two stores which share an entrance and a customer cafe.
The John Lewis store features 43,000 sq ft of selling space over two floors. Computer terminals in the branch allow shoppers to browse products from the wider John Lewis assortment which can be ordered for home delivery or next day collection at the shop.
The Waitrose shop has 27,000 sq ft of selling space and offers a Click and Collect service. In addition, customers shopping in-store will have the option of having their items delivered to their door.
Maggie Porteous, head of selling operations at John Lewis said: “This is the first John Lewis at home shop to open in Suffolk, an area that has been long sought after by the business and our first co-located shop with Waitrose. We are delighted to be welcoming customers through the doors and look forward to helping shoppers discover the John Lewis assortment.”
Nigel Keen, property & development director at Waitrose added: “We are thrilled to be opening our first full sized Waitrose in Ipswich. In what is a challenging economic climate, it is great to see the investment that is being made in the town and we are looking forward to seeing the reaction of shoppers to our stores being alongside each other in this way for the first time.”
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