Westfield Stratford City will open on Tuesday September 13th, it was announced today.
Retailers such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have signed up to the scheme, and the site’s opening is being touted as a “curtain raiser” for the Olympic Games build-up in east London.
The retail, leisure and business destination is expected to create 10,000 new permanent jobs and provide a welcome boost to the local economy.
Westfield also estimates that 70 per cent of all visitors to the London Olympics will arrive at the Olympics via Westfield Stratford City, and Chairman of the London Games Sebastian Coe recently told Retail Gazette that it is a vital part of his legacy plan.
Michael Gutman, Managing Director for Westfield UK/Europe and New Markets, said: “We are diligently working towards the opening of our east London project in 150 days.
“Following on from the successful launch of Westfield London over two years ago, we are well underway with preparations for another exciting year for our retailers and consumers in September, leading into a busy Christmas period, Easter 2012 and then into the Summer Olympic Games.”
John Lewis started a recruitment drive for its new department store in the shopping centre at the start of March, promising to create a total of 750 new jobs.
Former Managing Director of John Lewis Oxford Street Noel Saunders has been appointed boss of the retailer’s east London outlet, which is its first new store in the capital for 20 years.