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Queensgate Extension, Credit: John Lewis & Partner
Queensgate Extension, Credit: John Lewis & Partner

John Lewis & Partners Peterborough announces £21M investment

The company has announced details of an investment and refurbishment of its 93,000 sq ft Peterborough shop in the Queensgate shopping center, due to be completed by January 2020.

The refurbishment includes an overhaul and reconfiguration of the entire shop with improvements being made to all departments alongside the addition of exciting new features.

Gary Rowntree, Head of Branch at John Lewis & Partners Peterborough, said: “As retail is changing it is important for us to respond to the needs of our customers. The investment in the shop will create new and exciting experiences, while giving our customers in Peterborough a new level of personalised and curated shopping.

“We want to thank our customers for their patience while the improvements are being made and we are very excited to unveil new sections of the shop as the work progresses. In the meantime, we will ensure our expert Partners are on hand to answer any questions over the upcoming months.”

Queensgate Shopping Center is owned by Invesco Real Estate and managed by LendLease. Guy Thomas, Head of Retail at Lendlease, commented on the plans for Queensgate: “The £60m extension, anchored by a ten-screen Empire Cinema, will sit alongside new restaurant brands and bring further opportunities whilst position Queensgate as a significant retail and leisure destination.

The refurbishment forms part of the £60m extension of Queensgate. Set to be complete by Autumn 2021, the 77,000 sq ft extension will be anchored by a ten-screen Empire Cinema and will create 200 job opportunities, adding 10 per cent to the total number of people employed by Queensgate.