Exeter’s John Lewis opens
At 9am Friday, October 12, John Lewis Exeter opened its doors to customers for the first time. The shop, which has created 300 new jobs, is the retailer’s first full line flexible format department store and the largest John Lewis shop to open in 2012.
To officially open John Lewis Exeter, a ribbon was cut by representatives from the three local organisations the shop is supporting as part of its charitable giving scheme, Community Matters; St Petrock’s, FORCE Cancer Charity and Balloons.
Helping them with the honour was Joan Monaghan from Branscombe, near Seaton. Having worked at John Lewis between 1944 and 1952, Joan was thrilled to be a part of today’s grand opening and has championed for a shop to open in the area since moving here 16 years ago.
From 8am, over 150 customers queued around the corner of Sidwell Street in Exeter city centre eagerly awaiting the chance to explore more than 40,000 product lines across fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, home and nursery.
John Lewis Exeter will be open Monday to Wednesday from 9am until 7pm, Thursday from 9am until 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am until 7pm and Sunday from 11am until 5pm (plus Sunday browse time from 10.30am till 11am).