After months of building and preparation work the new JohnLewis ‘At Home’ and Waitrose stores officially opened their doors to the public at 9.00am today (Thursday).
The lively opening ceremony was completed by the ribbon being cut by John Lewis store manager Nigel Davis, Waitrose store manager Jo Thomas and local Horsham resident and huge John Lewis fan, Mrs Kilburn.
Also in attendance were representatives from the three chosen John Lewis ‘At Home’ Horsham charities; Age UK, TheSpringboard Project and Horsham Matters.
The John Lewis Store contains around 3.5m pounds worth of stock within its 43,000 sq feet and boasts sixteen full room sets in its unique furniture department where expert home design advice can be found.
The 27,000 sq feet Waitrose store is almost twice the size of the old Horsham store and has a Juice Bar, an area within the Bakery Department where freshly made cakes, rolls and pastries can be purchased and eaten on site and a Wine Bar in the Wine and Spirits area where wines can be purchased by the glass.
Waitrose Store Manager Jo Thomas said to the District Post “I urge the people of Horsham to come and have a look at this place it’s absolutely amazing. Everyone have pulled out all the stops to get it open on time – it’s so fresh and new.”
“The flow between the two branches is superb it feels like you are coming to one shop. My partners have worked so hard and it all looks amazing.”