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John Lewis opens home store at Greyhound Retail Park, Chester

EAGER shoppers lined up to be the first through the doors of Chester’s new John Lewis store on Greyhound Retail Park.

The ribbon was cut at 9am yesterday (Wednesday) by representatives of three local charities which are being supported by the retail chain’s Community Matters scheme.

The 38,000sq ft shop on Sealand Road – the first ‘at home’ store in the North West and only the fifth nationally – has created 226 jobs.

It stocks a range of furniture, homeware, furnishing accessories and electrical and home technology.

Branch manager Mark Blundell said: “We are thrilled to be opening a new shop in Chester. It’s very important to us that we become a part of the Chester community and we look forward to meeting our customers in the coming weeks.”

Prior to the long-awaited opening, a team of employees spent nine days stacking shelves with £1.9m worth of stock.

“We got the keys to the store on Saturday and every 10 minutes there’s been a customer trying to get into the shop,” said Mr Blundell yesterday.

“We are expecting a really busy day, but we also feel quite confident. We have got a great, really good-looking store.”

The winner of John Lewis’s art competition, Lydia Griffiths, was a special guest at the opening ceremony.

The five-year-old beat other Chester schoolchildren with a picture of her favourite room and her winning creation will be displayed on one of the shop’s new fridges for the first week of trading.

The branch boasts a customer cafe and a ‘Click and Collect’ point, allowing shoppers to pick up products bought online – including clothing, footwear, accessories, cosmetics and toys not available in store.

The store will be open from 9am to 7pm on Monday to Saturday and 11am (10.30-11am for browsing) to 5pm on Sundays.

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