30/06/2004

John Lewis to open store in Sprucefield

It is reported that the top retail department store John Lewis is to open a store at the Sprucefield complex on the outskirts of Lisburn.

The retail chain was previously believed to be considering Tallaght in Dublin, but in a move yet to be confirmed the chain have opted for the Sprucefield site in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The major store development, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs, has been hailed as a major coup for Lisburn City.

Employing 59,000 people, the John Lewis Partnership, which trades under the names John Lewis and Waitrose, is the oldest surviving co-operative retail organisation in the UK.

(SP)

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