John Lewis anchor shop to £600 million Westfield expansion
Westminster’s £33 million John Lewis store opens on March 20th. It will be the anchor shop of a £600 million expansion making the shopping centre the largest in Europe.
Based over four floors and covering a whopping 230,000sq-ft in floorspace, John Lewis White City has been tailored for west London shoppers and features a strong focus on own-brand and branded home, fashion and technology products.
The branch will be the 50th John Lewis store and includes 23 bespoke services ranging from bra fitting, technical support, personal styling for men and women, home design service, beauty spa treatments and smart home product advice.
There will also be a demonstration kitchen, in-house opticians and three places for food and drink, including a 182-cover Place to Eat restaurant.
Westfield London is looking to fill the 8,000 jobs which will become available as part of its massive expansion.
The first part of the expansion will officially open on March 20, at the request John Lewis. However, around half of the stores in the space will already be operational by that date.
Phase two, of which Primark is the star name, will debut by July when the value fashion retailer completes its 70,000 sq ft store and most of the extension’s leisure tenants are also expected to debut at this point. They will include the Ichiba food hall which, at 174,000 sq ft will be Europe’s largest Japanese food specialist.
The third phase will open on October 30, neatly timed to coincide with the mall’s 10th birthday.