Major jobs boost as John Lewis moves into Chichester retail park

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A MAJOR jobs boost is heading Chichester’s way after John Lewis announced plans to open a store in the city.

The high-street retailer is making an £8m investment on the site of a former MFI store at Chichester retail park.

It will bring 140 sales roles to the area.

John Lewis’s Tim Harrison confirmed the new West Sussex site represented an excellent move for the firm.

He said: ‘The city has been a target location for some time for us and we know we’ve a lot of customers who are from the area – they can presently go to Southampton, but that hasn’t been quite convenient enough for them.

‘We have leased the site and we are aiming to be in Chichester for the long term and will be recruiting at least half its management locally.’

The 40,000sq ft site will be split over two floors and will specialise in a range of quality electrical retails and home furnishings.

Mr Harrison said the conversion of the present site would be a relatively straightforward process, with relatively few planning requirements except for an application to increase on-site parking.

He said the company hoped to be on site in January.

Construction will take between three and four months.