John Lewis has announced plans to open a new flexible format department store in Oxford which will create 500 jobs.
The new 100,000 sq ft store in the city’s Westgate Centre will extend over three floors and will include a cafe and a dedicated customer collection entrance situated in the basement of the shopping centre’s car park.
With a target opening date of 2017, the store will sell a range of fashion, home and consumer electronic products with computer terminals in-store allowing shoppers to browse the wider John Lewis online offer and to order for home delivery or next day collection at the shop.
Andy Street, managing director, John Lewis, said: “Oxford has long been a sought after location for us and we’re delighted to be able to expand our reach to customers across the region for the first time, providing them with more convenient access to our inspiring products and great service. We’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community.”
Councillor Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome John Lewis to Oxford as the anchor tenant of the redeveloped Westgate Centre. This will confirm Oxford as one of the leading retail destinations in the UK and significantly contribute to the long-term vitality and viability of the city centre.”