After eight months of closure and a £14m makeover, John Lewis’ home department at its flagship store is set to reopen to the public.
The Oxford Street department store will open the doors to its updated home section in September, having added several new features including a “rug gallery” exclusive to the store.
John Lewis said the new unit will offer the largest range of home products of any store in the UK. It will cover 94,000 sq ft across two floors of the shop and will be split into 24 distinct “rooms”, similar to the layout employed in stores such as Ikea.
Christine Kasoulis, buying director for home at John Lewis, said: “Our customers are looking for a more inspiring in-store experience. We have responded with a visual and immersive experience at Oxford Street where the customer can be inspired by the latest in design as well as being offered advice and expertise by our partners.”
The news comes after John Lewis was last week criticised for marking up costs for online shopping. By the end of this month, all customers who spend less than £30 online and request items to be delivered to a John Lewis or Waitrose store have to pay a £2 “click and collect” charge.