John Lewis to create Waitrose shop in Southampton department store at cost of £7.3m

£7.3m plans for major city store

£7.3m plans for major city store

First published in News

A NEW high-end supermarket will be created at Southampton's biggest retailer.

John Lewis has announced the creation of a £7.3million Waitrose store at its West Quay shopping centre outlet.

The new shop will be created on John Lewis' lower ground floor, and is only the second of its kind in the country.

The 5,000sq ft Waitrose shop will be a “little” version of a full-scale supermarket, and offer a range of groceries, meals and other products.

John Lewis' home department, which is currently based on the lower ground floor, will be relocated elsewhere in the store.

Work will start in May and is due to be completed in September.

John Lewis will remain open as normal throughout the work.

It is the second major change to the outlet in the past year, with a £2million beauty complex on the upper ground floor due for completion next month.

Mark Venables, head of branch at John Lewis' Southampton store, said: “The two projects are very exciting for us and confirm John Lewis's commitment to shoppers here in Southampton.

“We are delighted that we have been selected as only the second shop to receive the new concept 'little Waitrose at John Lewis' as it provides us with an opportunity to broaden our offer for current customers as well as providing an opportunity to attract new ones.

“Beauty is a key performer for us here in Southampton and we are thrilled to be able to create one of the strongest beauty offers in any John Lewis shop.”

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10:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

i should think that by the time you are out of the traffic jams and home the food would be past its use by date
i should think that by the time you are out of the traffic jams and home the food would be past its use by date mickey01
  • Score: 16

10:30am Wed 26 Feb 14

vag says...

Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now? vag
  • Score: 20

10:37am Wed 26 Feb 14

adamello says...

vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
[quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop? adamello
  • Score: 17

10:58am Wed 26 Feb 14

elvisimo says...

adamello wrote:
vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.
[quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?[/p][/quote]rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location. elvisimo
  • Score: 3

11:44am Wed 26 Feb 14

ShirleyLad says...

Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.
Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea. ShirleyLad
  • Score: 8

11:48am Wed 26 Feb 14

FreemantleJamez says...

elvisimo wrote:
adamello wrote:
vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.
I think it was because the Morrissons store in Portswood was for sale and it made more sense to have a store in the suburbs with free car parking and more accessible to a larger catchment area.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?[/p][/quote]rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.[/p][/quote]I think it was because the Morrissons store in Portswood was for sale and it made more sense to have a store in the suburbs with free car parking and more accessible to a larger catchment area. FreemantleJamez
  • Score: 15

1:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

ShirleyLad wrote:
Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.
Just the same as M&S in West Quay ...... bit of competition wont hurt
[quote][p][bold]ShirleyLad[/bold] wrote: Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.[/p][/quote]Just the same as M&S in West Quay ...... bit of competition wont hurt Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 7

2:01pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

mickey01 wrote:
i should think that by the time you are out of the traffic jams and home the food would be past its use by date
Grow up, the traffic is hardly that bad at all. Try going to other cities (Brighton for example) and then you will see how bad traffic can be in a city centre.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: i should think that by the time you are out of the traffic jams and home the food would be past its use by date[/p][/quote]Grow up, the traffic is hardly that bad at all. Try going to other cities (Brighton for example) and then you will see how bad traffic can be in a city centre. ToastyTea
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

MaxGreenwood says...

"City Supermarket To Return To Original Place"

Wow....thrilling...
"City Supermarket To Return To Original Place" Wow....thrilling... MaxGreenwood
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

AngryAleMan says...

*slow clap
*slow clap AngryAleMan
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8:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

PICKLED OLIVE says...

Very odd move, the new concept look in Oxford street is inspiring, but there are 2 millions people walking up and down Oxford Street Every Day! The footfall for Westquay / JLP is to nearer 130,000 - 160,000 per week, Waitrose was one of the shortest lived NEW BUILD branches and failed due to lack of footfall, and that 80% of shoppers only did basket shop, ie: last minute essentials. Getting a shopping trolley from any level in Westquay or indeed JLP down to a podium level is like pulling teeth very tiresome, tedious and painful.. This project is doomed, because with online shopping, access issues, and small basket shopping only it's simply just not going to work. Even the Partners with their 12% discount would not bother shopping at the original branch. Sorry JLP.. this time you have got it wrong. And..... the last thing I want to see is discarded shopping trolleys clogging up your passageways, lift areas and fire exits. I can think of far better investments for your 7.5 million.
Very odd move, the new concept look in Oxford street is inspiring, but there are 2 millions people walking up and down Oxford Street Every Day! The footfall for Westquay / JLP is to nearer 130,000 - 160,000 per week, Waitrose was one of the shortest lived NEW BUILD branches and failed due to lack of footfall, and that 80% of shoppers only did basket shop, ie: last minute essentials. Getting a shopping trolley from any level in Westquay or indeed JLP down to a podium level is like pulling teeth very tiresome, tedious and painful.. This project is doomed, because with online shopping, access issues, and small basket shopping only it's simply just not going to work. Even the Partners with their 12% discount would not bother shopping at the original branch. Sorry JLP.. this time you have got it wrong. And..... the last thing I want to see is discarded shopping trolleys clogging up your passageways, lift areas and fire exits. I can think of far better investments for your 7.5 million. PICKLED OLIVE
  • Score: -2

9:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

elvisimo says...

PICKLED OLIVE wrote:
Very odd move, the new concept look in Oxford street is inspiring, but there are 2 millions people walking up and down Oxford Street Every Day! The footfall for Westquay / JLP is to nearer 130,000 - 160,000 per week, Waitrose was one of the shortest lived NEW BUILD branches and failed due to lack of footfall, and that 80% of shoppers only did basket shop, ie: last minute essentials. Getting a shopping trolley from any level in Westquay or indeed JLP down to a podium level is like pulling teeth very tiresome, tedious and painful.. This project is doomed, because with online shopping, access issues, and small basket shopping only it's simply just not going to work. Even the Partners with their 12% discount would not bother shopping at the original branch. Sorry JLP.. this time you have got it wrong. And..... the last thing I want to see is discarded shopping trolleys clogging up your passageways, lift areas and fire exits. I can think of far better investments for your 7.5 million.
Better let them know, the crazy fools
[quote][p][bold]PICKLED OLIVE[/bold] wrote: Very odd move, the new concept look in Oxford street is inspiring, but there are 2 millions people walking up and down Oxford Street Every Day! The footfall for Westquay / JLP is to nearer 130,000 - 160,000 per week, Waitrose was one of the shortest lived NEW BUILD branches and failed due to lack of footfall, and that 80% of shoppers only did basket shop, ie: last minute essentials. Getting a shopping trolley from any level in Westquay or indeed JLP down to a podium level is like pulling teeth very tiresome, tedious and painful.. This project is doomed, because with online shopping, access issues, and small basket shopping only it's simply just not going to work. Even the Partners with their 12% discount would not bother shopping at the original branch. Sorry JLP.. this time you have got it wrong. And..... the last thing I want to see is discarded shopping trolleys clogging up your passageways, lift areas and fire exits. I can think of far better investments for your 7.5 million.[/p][/quote]Better let them know, the crazy fools elvisimo
  • Score: 7

9:07pm Wed 26 Feb 14

peteljadelu says...

PICKLED OLIVE wrote:
Very odd move, the new concept look in Oxford street is inspiring, but there are 2 millions people walking up and down Oxford Street Every Day! The footfall for Westquay / JLP is to nearer 130,000 - 160,000 per week, Waitrose was one of the shortest lived NEW BUILD branches and failed due to lack of footfall, and that 80% of shoppers only did basket shop, ie: last minute essentials. Getting a shopping trolley from any level in Westquay or indeed JLP down to a podium level is like pulling teeth very tiresome, tedious and painful.. This project is doomed, because with online shopping, access issues, and small basket shopping only it's simply just not going to work. Even the Partners with their 12% discount would not bother shopping at the original branch. Sorry JLP.. this time you have got it wrong. And..... the last thing I want to see is discarded shopping trolleys clogging up your passageways, lift areas and fire exits. I can think of far better investments for your 7.5 million.
The rent in the old Waitrose was extortionate, hence the closure of the old store, in an already successful store, I am sure it will do well!!!
[quote][p][bold]PICKLED OLIVE[/bold] wrote: Very odd move, the new concept look in Oxford street is inspiring, but there are 2 millions people walking up and down Oxford Street Every Day! The footfall for Westquay / JLP is to nearer 130,000 - 160,000 per week, Waitrose was one of the shortest lived NEW BUILD branches and failed due to lack of footfall, and that 80% of shoppers only did basket shop, ie: last minute essentials. Getting a shopping trolley from any level in Westquay or indeed JLP down to a podium level is like pulling teeth very tiresome, tedious and painful.. This project is doomed, because with online shopping, access issues, and small basket shopping only it's simply just not going to work. Even the Partners with their 12% discount would not bother shopping at the original branch. Sorry JLP.. this time you have got it wrong. And..... the last thing I want to see is discarded shopping trolleys clogging up your passageways, lift areas and fire exits. I can think of far better investments for your 7.5 million.[/p][/quote]The rent in the old Waitrose was extortionate, hence the closure of the old store, in an already successful store, I am sure it will do well!!! peteljadelu
  • Score: 4

9:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

peteljadelu says...

ShirleyLad wrote:
Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.
I worked in the old Tyrrell and Green for 11 years and they did not have a food hall from 1989 till they closed. They had a gift food department, which they have in JL now, but no food hall!
[quote][p][bold]ShirleyLad[/bold] wrote: Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.[/p][/quote]I worked in the old Tyrrell and Green for 11 years and they did not have a food hall from 1989 till they closed. They had a gift food department, which they have in JL now, but no food hall! peteljadelu
  • Score: 3

9:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

peteljadelu says...

adamello wrote:
vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
The rent in the old Waitrose was ridiculous, hence its closure!
[quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?[/p][/quote]The rent in the old Waitrose was ridiculous, hence its closure! peteljadelu
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

peteljadelu says...

elvisimo wrote:
adamello wrote:
vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.
Are you sure that they would have paid no rent whatsoever????
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?[/p][/quote]rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.[/p][/quote]Are you sure that they would have paid no rent whatsoever???? peteljadelu
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

elvisimo says...

peteljadelu wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
adamello wrote:
vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.
Are you sure that they would have paid no rent whatsoever????
They took a. 15 year lease with a massive capital contribution from the landlord and a two year rent free period. They got it as part of their main store deal. John Lewis in a new shopping centre is pretty much a developers dream.
[quote][p][bold]peteljadelu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?[/p][/quote]rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.[/p][/quote]Are you sure that they would have paid no rent whatsoever????[/p][/quote]They took a. 15 year lease with a massive capital contribution from the landlord and a two year rent free period. They got it as part of their main store deal. John Lewis in a new shopping centre is pretty much a developers dream. elvisimo
  • Score: 2

9:23pm Wed 26 Feb 14

PICKLED OLIVE says...

The rent had NOTHING to do with the closure.. it was down to footfall, low spend and and access issues.. stop waffling on about the rent..!
The rent had NOTHING to do with the closure.. it was down to footfall, low spend and and access issues.. stop waffling on about the rent..! PICKLED OLIVE
  • Score: -3

8:31am Thu 27 Feb 14

ShirleyLad says...

peteljadelu wrote:
ShirleyLad wrote:
Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.
I worked in the old Tyrrell and Green for 11 years and they did not have a food hall from 1989 till they closed. They had a gift food department, which they have in JL now, but no food hall!
Clearly, thats how old an idea it is as it was before your time there
[quote][p][bold]peteljadelu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShirleyLad[/bold] wrote: Hardly a new concept. There used to be a small food hall in the old Tyrell and Green. Debemhams and BHS also used to have small food halls. Just a rebrand of an old idea.[/p][/quote]I worked in the old Tyrrell and Green for 11 years and they did not have a food hall from 1989 till they closed. They had a gift food department, which they have in JL now, but no food hall![/p][/quote]Clearly, thats how old an idea it is as it was before your time there ShirleyLad
  • Score: -1

12:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

In order for this venture to succeed, and appeal to Waitrose's market, there needs to be a Sainsbury's nearby.

"Sainsbury's serves a useful purpose; it keeps the riff-raff out of Waitrose", as Stephen Fry remarked.
In order for this venture to succeed, and appeal to Waitrose's market, there needs to be a Sainsbury's nearby. "Sainsbury's serves a useful purpose; it keeps the riff-raff out of Waitrose", as Stephen Fry remarked. From the sidelines
  • Score: -1

3:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

S!monOn says...

elvisimo wrote:
peteljadelu wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
adamello wrote:
vag wrote:
Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?
they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?
rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.
Are you sure that they would have paid no rent whatsoever????
They took a. 15 year lease with a massive capital contribution from the landlord and a two year rent free period. They got it as part of their main store deal. John Lewis in a new shopping centre is pretty much a developers dream.
Rent was the very reason it closed as they were due to start paying rent after the 2 year rent free period.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peteljadelu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag[/bold] wrote: Errrrm, I seem to recall there used to be a Waitrose where Zara / New look is now. What's changed to make it a viable proposition now?[/p][/quote]they don't have to pay the extortionate rent of another focal shop?[/p][/quote]rent was never the reason the last one closed - they were still in their monster rent free period. Wrong space in the wrong location.[/p][/quote]Are you sure that they would have paid no rent whatsoever????[/p][/quote]They took a. 15 year lease with a massive capital contribution from the landlord and a two year rent free period. They got it as part of their main store deal. John Lewis in a new shopping centre is pretty much a developers dream.[/p][/quote]Rent was the very reason it closed as they were due to start paying rent after the 2 year rent free period. S!monOn
  • Score: 0

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