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10/02/2014

News Release – Issued by The John Lewis Partnership

Opening Date Announced for John Lewis York

Multi-million pound shop to open its doors on April 10th

John Lewis has announced today that its new shop in York will open its doors to customers at 9am on Thursday 10th April 2014. The date marks the completion of the 92,000 sq ft department store, a £15 million project, which will be the retailer’s 41st shop and the first new opening in 2014.

The new shop will offer customers an edited collection of products across fashion, home and electronics in an inspiring and contemporary setting. The shop will house an extensive beauty range, 17 major beauty brands such as Lancôme, Dior and Bobbie Brown as well as three beauty brands exclusive to the shop in the local area; Liz Earle, Japonesque and Lipstick Queen.

Providing the ultimate shopping experience, customers will have two eateries to choose from, The Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Bean café on the ground floor or the Place to Eat on the first floor. Customers will also have access to computer terminals in the store to enable them to browse and purchase products from the wider johnlewis.com range for next day delivery.

Robert Garnish, branch manager at John Lewis York, said: “Having grown up in Yorkshire, I am excited to announce the completion date of our multi-million pound investment in the area. Together with my team of Partners (staff) we are looking forward to welcoming customers through the doors. We’ve been so grateful for the support from the community since we announced this project, and we can’t wait to reveal the shop on April 10th.”

To mark the significance of the confirmed opening date, John Lewis signage was unveiled at the Vangarde Shopping Park location last week.

John Lewis York will be the retailer’s most sustainable shop to date with a focus on conserving and enhancing the natural environment, such as a planned wildlife wall alongside sustainable building design elements including low energy lighting and photovoltaic cells on the roof to generate energy.

Opening hours for the store will be 9am – 8pm Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sundays.

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Notes to Editors:

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and ten John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com, 300 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 85,500 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Retailer of the Year 2013' ¹ , 'The Nation's Best Retailer' ² and 'Best Retailer 2013' ³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 250,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com). John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2013
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013