John Lewis and Waitrose has announced the opening date of their new store in Horsham.
The store, in Albion Way, will open its doors to the public in just six weeks time with the confirmed date of the opening now being announced as Thursday June 18, at 9am.
The development, which has created a total of 217 new jobs, will see John Lewis ‘At Home’ and Waitrose become truly integrated, giving customers the opportunity to browse both shops in one trip.
John Lewis customers will be able to access all of the Waitrose catering facilities, including a juice bar, wine and beer bar, a new bakery and café.
Customers will also be able to place johnlewis.com orders from within the branch, and collect online orders via Click & Collect.
John Lewis ‘At Home’ Horsham will present an edited selection of 16,000 products across furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware, technology and nursery departments.
The shop will also be the first John Lewis branch to introduce the Home hub – a new concept that will bring together all home services and allow customers to browse John Lewis’ full furniture range, whether in-store or via online portals, in one space.
Surrounding the Home hub will be a series of 11 room sets displaying various interior trends in an inspirational setting, and inside the hub customers will be able to coordinate their furniture, floor coverings and soft furnishings using John Lewis’ various design services with the help of John Lewis’ Partners.
Nigel Davis, branch manager for John Lewis ‘At Home’ Horsham said: “It’s tremendously exciting to have the opening date confirmed, and I’m already looking forward to opening the doors to our first customers.
“I am particularly proud to open the first ever John Lewis branch to feature the Home hub, which will bring all of our beautiful home products together in a way that has never been done before.”
Jo Thomas, branch manager for Waitrose Horsham said: “This is an extremely exciting time for the team; relocating to a bigger location with a much wider offer, and joining forces with Partners at John Lewis to provide our customers with an improved and more convenient shopping experience.”
John Lewis ‘At Home’ Horsham will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 8pm, and Sunday from 10am until 4.30pm (including Sunday browse time from 10am until 10.30am).
Waitrose Horsham will be open Monday to Saturday from 7.30am until 9pm, and Sunday from 10.30am until 4.30pm.
The café will be open Monday to Saturday 7.30am until 8pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
There will be over 350 parking spaces available at the site.