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John Lewis to open Heathrow store

John Lewis is making its first move into airports by opening a new store at Heathrow Airport.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

John Lewis to open Heathrow store

The retailer is investing over £1 million in the 3,600 sq ft store which will open in June 2014 in Heathrow’s new Terminal 2.

John Lewis said the shop will combine the “best of home, fashion, gifting and seasonal ranges” and is part of its strategy to grow its international customer base.

The new Terminal 2, to be known as ‘Terminal 2 : The Queen’s Terminal’, is the latest phase of the five year, £11 billion transformation of Heathrow. John Lewis Heathrow will be situated on the top floor of the departure lounge. The new store will create around 40 jobs. 

Andy Street, managing director, John Lewis said: “This new opening is a huge and exciting step forward in developing our international strategy, giving us access to one of the most concentrated, valuable and influential markets in the world. We recently made clear our ambition to further develop our online presence internationally in addition to increasing our international wholesale business. This opportunity at Heathrow perfectly complements and enhances these initiatives.”

Muriel Zingraff-Shariff, retail director, Heathrow added: “We’re excited to bring John Lewis to Heathrow and share this much loved British retail brand with our international audience. Our passengers love the retail experience at Heathrow and this shows our commitment to delivering stores that will delight them and bring real value to their journey. It’s just one of the reasons we’ve been voted Europe’s Best Airport at ACI’s 9th annual Airport Awards.”

John Lewis currently delivers to 33 countries outside the UK and Ireland, representing 72% of Terminal 2 destinations. 

The retailer is also expanding its international wholesale business with a specific offer focused on bed, bath and tableware in partnership with four Shinsegae department stores in South Korea. 

 

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