Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

John Lewis reveals opening date for new store

John Lewis has today announced when its long-awaited store in Cheltenham will open and who will be in charge.

The department store in High Street will open on October 18 and will be run by a long standing John Lewis partner, Martin Bundy (pictured).

John Lewis is investing £23m in the 115,000 sq ft shop which will offer fashion, home and technology products and services.

Martin Bundy has been a John Lewis partner for over 18 years. He joined as a shop floor assistant at the retailer's Southsea department store and since then has held senior roles in several John Lewis shops including Southampton, Bluewater, Newbury and most recently managed John Lewis's Chichester shop. During his career he has also held various project and branch development roles in the company's head office.

Commenting on his new role, Martin Bundy said: "I'm very proud to be given this great opportunity and excited to show the people of Cheltenham our new shop. Before we open we have a lot to do. As well as getting the shop ready we will recruit and train hundreds of new partners ready to deliver outstanding customer service."

The new shop will be the 51st shop to join the John Lewis estate.

Sales at John Lewis Partnership fell nine per cent to £197.08 million in the first week of April.

The partnership includes John Lewis department stores, Waitrose supermarkets and its banking and financial services.

Read more: Don't miss your chance to grow with Punchline magazine  

Analysts blamed Waitrose for dragging down the partnership's average. Sales at the supermarket fell 16.2 per cent year-on-year - a figure affected significantly by Easter falling earlier this year.

John Lewis stores themselves saw sales increase 3.6 per cent despite the early Easter Sunday.

The new John Lewis store in Cheltenham has been much anticipated and Punchline believes it will be interesting to see if it pulls in shoppers from other parts of the region (as is hoped) - or takes trade away from existing stores in the town.

What do you think? Email mark@moosemarketingandpr.co.uk 

Subscribe to Punchline

Related Articles

Announcement on future of Cavendish House Image

Announcement on future of Cavendish House

After weeks of speculation which has seen closure for some of its namesakes a decision has been reached on the future of the House of Fraser store in Cheltenham.

Plans to increase parking charges come under attack Image

Plans to increase parking charges come under attack

Gloucestershire County Council's plans to increase on-street parking permit charges for residents have been criticised as "unfair and wrong."

Former hospital site will be cleared to make way for car parking Image

Former hospital site will be cleared to make way for car parking

A former hospital building in Cirencester is being demolished to make way for new car parking spaces.

Two die in road collision in the Cotswolds Image

Two die in road collision in the Cotswolds

Two men died and two other men suffered serious injuries in a road collision near Church Westcote in the North Cotswolds.

Copyright 2018 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.