ohn Lewis has embarked on a multi-million pound renovation of its Peter Jones flagship on Sloane Square, as it seeks to reinvigorate its estate following the long-lasting closure of a third of its stores in the pandemic.
Motivation to start comes just below a calendar year just after the department retail outlet chain got the eco-friendly light-weight to revamp the outside the house of the building.
There will be a renovation of the curved glass façade, ground flooring shop home windows, entrances and cover, and a new, larger sized, extra available entrance on King’s Highway.
In addition, define organizing authorization is in put for additional function should John Lewis want to do so in long term, which includes opening up the seventh-floor backyard garden terrace to the community.
It labored with heritage consultants Purcell and architects, Sergison Bates on the ideas.
Founder John Lewis handed handle of Peter Jones to his son John Spedan Lewis in 1914 and it is now just one of the chain’s flagships.
Employee-owned John Lewis Partnership, which is also behind Waitrose, has been generating a selection of modifications to its estate. Final thirty day period said it was not planning to reopen eight of its 42 John Lewis shops from lockdown, adding to eight closures past year.
It reported it could no for a longer period maintain a large John Lewis branch in some places but is looking to spend in current outlets.
Pippa Wicks, government director, claimed: “We want to reinvigorate the store as a general public asset, liked by those people who live future to it.”