A total of 750 new jobs are up for grabs at department store group John Lewis’s Stratford store, which is due to open at the new Westfield shopping centre in September this year.
The retailer today launched its recruitment drive to fill positions at its first new London outlet for 20 years and has put a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for people living in the local area.
Some £35 million is being invested in the John Lewis Stratford department store, and its proximity to the London Olympic Stadium means it is sure to benefit from the millions of visitors descending on this part of the capital when the Games get underway next summer.
A new retail site of this size will also provide a welcome boost to the local economy at a time when there are a limited number of property developments under construction.
Noel Saunders, Managing Director (MD) of the John Lewis Stratford store, said new jobs are what “everyone is calling for in these challenging times” and revealed how his own career is an example of how future employees can progress at the business.
“I started as a cashier in a John Lewis dining room more than 30 years ago and have since then developed a rewarding long-term career with the partnership,” he explained.
“This opportunity will now be open to everyone who will join our new team at Stratford.”
Until recently Saunders was MD of John Lewis’s Oxford Street store, and taking on the new challenge close to London’s Olympic Stadium paved the way for Simon Fowler to succeed him in the central London role earlier this week.
The retailer also recently announced the appointment of the experienced British Airways Chief Information Officer Paul Coby as its new IT Director.
John Lewis Managing Director Andy Street said last week that the new recruit, who is set to join on March 21st, will help the company become “a leader in technology” over the coming years.