John Lewis has announced its ambition to bring the brand to a new set of international customers by confirming plans to open at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 on June 4th 2014.
The retailer is investing over £1million in a 3,600 sq ft shop at the airport, curating the best of home, fashion, gifting and seasonal ranges.
John Lewis Heathrow will showcase many of its own-brand products, designer collaborations and exclusives.
The new Terminal 2, to be known as ‘Terminal 2 : The Queen’s Terminal’, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen is the latest phase of the ten year, £11 billion transformation of Heathrow.
John Lewis Heathrow will be located on the top floor of the departure lounge and will form part of the first impression for passengers passing through security.
The plans include the creation of around 40 new jobs.
Andy Street, managing director, John Lewis said: “This new opening is a huge and exciting step forward in developing our international strategy, giving us access to one of the most concentrated, valuable and influential markets in the world.
“We recently made clear our ambition to further develop our online presence internationally in addition to increasing our international wholesale business.
“This opportunity at Heathrow perfectly complements and enhances these initiatives.”
John Lewis currently delivers to 33 countries outside the UK and Ireland which equates to 75 per cent of Terminal 2 destinations.
The retailer is also expanding its international wholesale business developing a specific offer focused on bed, bath and tableware in partnership with four Shinsegae department stores in South Korea, with plans to roll out the offer to more of their stores.