Multichannel retailer John Lewis has announced that it plans to open a new store in Chelmsford, investing £18m.

The new 90,000sq ft store, which is part of the Bond Street development project, will officially open on 29 September 2016 and will feature the usual departments expected from the retailer, including a Home sector.

Customers will also be able to take advantage of John Lewis’s click & collect facility, with the opening date announcement coinciding with John Lewis Chelmsford search for local charities to support as part of its Community Matters programme.

John Lewis are encouraging people nominate any charity, which sees £3,000 split between three important local charities every 12 weeks, by contacting

Laura Rawstron, branch manager, John Lewis Chelmsford, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to confirm that John Lewis Chelmsford will open on Thursday 29 September. The business has had ambition to open a shop  in Essex for some time now, and the Bond Street development couldn’t be a better proposition for us.

“I am delighted to be welcoming a team who I know will deliver the exceptional levels of customer service that John Lewis is renowned for to the people of Chelmsford and Essex, and look forward to meeting our very first customers in just over two months time.”