John Lewis opens first Essex branch today

John Lewis Chelmsford has opened its doors today, marking the opening of the retailer's first ever branch in Essex. Part of Chelmsford's new £150m Bond Street development, John Lewis Chelmsford includes 90,000 sq ft of selling space over three floors, stocking over 65,000 products.

John Lewis Chelmsford brings together some of the best services that John Lewis has to offer, such as the new Bar:Cafe concept from Benugo, allowing customers to enjoy a glass of prosecco straight from the tap, or Benugo's signature coffee.

The shop, which represents an investment of £18m by John Lewis, has also recruited 300 Partners (staff) coming from Chelmsford and the surrounding area.

Laura Rawstron, Branch Manager at John Lewis Chelmsford, said, 'Today marks a very exciting time for John Lewis and we're delighted to open the doors to our first shop in Essex. It's one of our most modern shops to date and brings together the very best of John Lewis' products and services.

'Our new team of Partners have worked incredibly hard to get us to this stage and I'm very proud of everyone involved. Together with the Bond Street development, this John Lewis shop will create a new retail and leisure offer that ensures Chelmsford has something for everyone.'