Aquila handover Chelmsford shop to John Lewis

Aquila, developers of the new Bond Street shopping centre in Chelmsford, have formally handed over the shop to John Lewis for fitting out.

Due to open in September the shop will be the retailer’s first site in Essex. Laura Rawston, Branch Manager, John Lewis Chelmsford said:

We have had an ambition to open a shop in Essex for some time now, and the Bond Street development couldn’t be a better proposition for us. We are delighted to reach this milestone, with everything currently on track for a September opening.’

John Lewis Chelmsford’s 90,000 sq ft shop represents an £18m investment in Chelmsford by the retailer. As well as offering more than 65,000 fashion, beauty, home and electrical products, the shop will bring together the retailer’s best services, including an optician, a beauty treatment room, a Foreign Exchange bureau and a Nursery Advice Service. The shop will also feature a ‘Home Hub’, an area within the Home department that brings together all of John Lewis’ interior design services around a series of inspirational room sets.

The scheme links directly into the High Street and has attracted a number of high profile retailers including The White Company, Joules, Jack Wills, Fat Face and L’Occitane.

Neil Ridley of Aquila said ‘Handing over to John Lewis is an important milestone as we turn into the home straight to opening. We are delighted that delivery is on time for Christmas trading which is keenly anticipated by shoppers. We have worked closely with John Lewis to reach this exciting stage in the development.

About John Lewis

John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology, and was named ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’’ in the 2016 Verdict Customers Satisfaction awards. stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

Aquila handover Chelmsford shop to John Lewis