Opening date for John Lewis at Monks Cross, York

The signage going up at the new John Lewis in York

The signage going up at the new John Lewis in York

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DEPARTMENT store giant John Lewis has announced an opening date for its new £15 million store in York.

The 92,000 sq ft shop, which has been under construction since last May, will open on Thursday, April 10.

The new store, which is part of the £90 million Vangarde development at Monks Cross, is John Lewis's first opening of 2014, and will be the chain's 41st shop.

It will be the first day of trading for many of the 300 new staff who have been taken on by John Lewis.

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 10.”

Last month John Lewis revealed it had received an "overwhelming response" to job positions at its new York store after almost 2,000 people applied for the 300 vacancies.

The York store will be the retailer’s most sustainable shop to date with features including a planned wildlife wall alongside sustainable building design elements such as low energy lighting and photovoltaic cells on the roof to generate energy.

John Lewis’s opening coincides with the opening of the neighbouring new Marks & Spencer store, which is also opening on the Vangarde development, creating 200 jobs.

The 100,000sq ft store will be one of the retailer’s biggest in the region covering fashion, beauty, food and homeware.

In light of the new opening, the existing Marks & Spencer at Monks Cross will close on April 9, with the Coppergate Centre shop set to shut on April 26.

Alongside John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, Next is also opening a homeware store at the site.

Only one unit at the development remains available for let after Ed’s Easy Diner completed a deal last month. It adds to food brands already lined up for the development, including Costa Coffee, Prezzo, Nando's, Frankie & Benny's and York's first Giraffe restaurant will all be open for business in April this year.

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11:41am Mon 10 Feb 14

dsom73 says...

#dudewheresmystadium
#dudewheresmystadium dsom73
  • Score: 17

11:51am Mon 10 Feb 14

Dr Brian says...

I doubt the stadium will ever get built - it should have been built before the stores!
I doubt the stadium will ever get built - it should have been built before the stores! Dr Brian
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

YorkPatrol says...

dsom73 wrote:
#dudewheresmystadium
Bootham
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: #dudewheresmystadium[/p][/quote]Bootham YorkPatrol
  • Score: 24

3:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

dsom73 wrote:
#dudewheresmystadium
Counc Alexander said that the construction of the stadium would be starting in Feb 2015 (BBC Jonathan Cowap last week).

Interestingly something good to focus on in an election year.
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: #dudewheresmystadium[/p][/quote]Counc Alexander said that the construction of the stadium would be starting in Feb 2015 (BBC Jonathan Cowap last week). Interestingly something good to focus on in an election year. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -10

3:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David of York says...

Interesting decision to use actual people to hold up the signage rather than attaching it to the wall. I guess it means more jobs for people...
Interesting decision to use actual people to hold up the signage rather than attaching it to the wall. I guess it means more jobs for people... David of York
  • Score: 21

4:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

chelk says...

Cannot wait will not need to go into town at all everything you need in one place plus free parking let the Council have its way and keep the city for the Tourists and Stag Parties
Cannot wait will not need to go into town at all everything you need in one place plus free parking let the Council have its way and keep the city for the Tourists and Stag Parties chelk
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

roy_batty says...

Goodbye York city centre, i knew you well!
Goodbye York city centre, i knew you well! roy_batty
  • Score: 16

6:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Looking forward to it.

Very soon we will see how close to the £38 million annualised loss to City Centre trade is, as forecast by John Lewis.
Looking forward to it. Very soon we will see how close to the £38 million annualised loss to City Centre trade is, as forecast by John Lewis. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -2

7:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DaveBruebeck says...

Why have a large number of posts been deleted?
Why have a large number of posts been deleted? DaveBruebeck
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

DaveBruebeck wrote:
Why have a large number of posts been deleted?
Pre-cursor to the mark-down mongrels.

Scores will commence being marked down following the One Show.
[quote][p][bold]DaveBruebeck[/bold] wrote: Why have a large number of posts been deleted?[/p][/quote]Pre-cursor to the mark-down mongrels. Scores will commence being marked down following the One Show. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -7

8:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

malonemalone says...

pretty outrageous that even 1 unit is still empty when it is weeks off opening for such a big build up!
pretty outrageous that even 1 unit is still empty when it is weeks off opening for such a big build up! malonemalone
  • Score: 5

9:27am Tue 11 Feb 14

MrsHoney says...

I hardly ever shop in town as the shops these days are so boring, I get most stuff on-line. However, I will certainly be paying John Lewis a visit, so for this resident it means I'll be spending more money in York not less. Ok it's not in the centre but it's still part of York.
I hardly ever shop in town as the shops these days are so boring, I get most stuff on-line. However, I will certainly be paying John Lewis a visit, so for this resident it means I'll be spending more money in York not less. Ok it's not in the centre but it's still part of York. MrsHoney
  • Score: 10

10:19am Tue 11 Feb 14

Scores On The Doors says...

The over night negative scores achievements awards are as follows.

Gold = YOUWILLDOASISAY -11
Silver = chalk -4
Bronze = malonemalone -2

Only one award per person, well done to all who took part.
The over night negative scores achievements awards are as follows. Gold = YOUWILLDOASISAY -11 Silver = chalk -4 Bronze = malonemalone -2 Only one award per person, well done to all who took part. Scores On The Doors
  • Score: 6

4:27am Wed 12 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

David of York wrote:
Interesting decision to use actual people to hold up the signage rather than attaching it to the wall. I guess it means more jobs for people...
"My shoulders ache"... "You're being paid £7 an hour to stand there and you've got another 4 hours left for your shift" hehe.
[quote][p][bold]David of York[/bold] wrote: Interesting decision to use actual people to hold up the signage rather than attaching it to the wall. I guess it means more jobs for people...[/p][/quote]"My shoulders ache"... "You're being paid £7 an hour to stand there and you've got another 4 hours left for your shift" hehe. Magicman!
  • Score: 3

4:29am Wed 12 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

I've heard that apparently Iceland is coming to Monks Cross... don't know if that's the vanguarde development or the existing retail park.
I've heard that apparently Iceland is coming to Monks Cross... don't know if that's the vanguarde development or the existing retail park. Magicman!
  • Score: 0

8:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

TravelQueen says...

No Iceland isn't going to Monks Cross at the moment. But it is opening at the old poundstrecher site at Clifton Moor in a few weeks. Luckily all the poundstrecher staff have been kept on by Iceland.
No Iceland isn't going to Monks Cross at the moment. But it is opening at the old poundstrecher site at Clifton Moor in a few weeks. Luckily all the poundstrecher staff have been kept on by Iceland. TravelQueen
  • Score: 1

11:53am Wed 26 Feb 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Good to see this is happening.

Shame about the one set of traffic lights up there which, by only letting 4 or 5 cars at a time through at the weekend were causing a considerable amount of congestion, not to mention the dangerous conditions this was creating, by causing tailbacks all around the Jockey Lane roundabout.
Good to see this is happening. Shame about the one set of traffic lights up there which, by only letting 4 or 5 cars at a time through at the weekend were causing a considerable amount of congestion, not to mention the dangerous conditions this was creating, by causing tailbacks all around the Jockey Lane roundabout. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 0

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