THE paint is being slapped on and the new staff are standing by – the new John Lewis store in Chichester will be open on April 5.
John Lewis at Home Chichester will focus on furniture, furnishing accessories, electrical and home technology, and will be the first of the retailer’s ‘at home’ format shops to introduce a small assortment of nursery and travel goods.
And in six weeks’ time, at 9am, its doors will open to customers.
The store’s branch manager Claire Dunkason said: ‘I’m thrilled to announce the opening date of the first John Lewis at Home shop in Sussex and can’t wait to open our doors to customers on Thursday, April 5.
‘Opening in Chichester has long been an aspiration for us.
‘The addition of a small assortment of travel and nursery goods is an exciting extension of the format which we believe will be really popular among our shoppers.’
Computer terminals in the branch will allow shoppers to browse the wider johnlewis.com assortment of fashion, beauty and carpets and order for home delivery or next-day collection at the shop via the retailer’s Click and Collect service.
The service allows customers to order products from johnlewis.com before 7pm and collect them at the branch after 2pm the following day or opt for home delivery.
John Lewis at Home Chichester will be open from Monday to Friday from 9am until 8pm, Saturday from 9am until 7pm and Sunday from 11am until 5pm (plus Sunday browse time from 10.30am till 11am).
A recruitment drive for the store earlier this year saw more than 1,300 people apply for 140 jobs.