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John Lewis Opens Its First Essex Store

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John Lewis Chelmsford has opened its doors to customers, marking the opening of the retailer’s first ever branch in Essex in England.

Part of Chelmsford’s new £150m Bond Street development, John Lewis Chelmsford includes 90,000 sq ft of selling space
over three floors, stocking over 65,000 products.

John Lewis Chelmsford services range from a Kuoni travel concession to its Home Design Service and a new Bar:Cafe concept from Benugo.

The shop has the largest beauty hall out of all of John Lewis’s small full-line department stores at 7,900 sq ft, with 14 premium beauty counters including M.A.C, Charlotte Tilbury and Nars.

Chelmsford will also feature fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Whistles, Finery and John Lewis’s new own-brand luxury womenswear label modern rarity.

Laura Rawstron, Branch Manager at John Lewis Chelmsford, said the opening marks a very exciting time for John Lewis.

"We’re delighted to open the doors to our first shop in Essex. It’s one of our most modern shops to date and brings together the very best of John Lewis’ products and services.

"Together with the Bond Street development, this John Lewis shop will create a new retail and leisure offer that ensures Chelmsford has something for everyone.”

The opening day concludes John Lewis’s journey to Chelmsford, with the shop first breaking ground in January 2015.

The store, which represents an investment of £18 million by John Lewis, has also recruited 300 staff coming from the surrounding areas.

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