The firm is to fit out the retailer’s new store in Oxford

John Lewis store Westgate shopping centre Oxford

Retailer John Lewis has appointed Mace to fit-out its planned new 140,000 sq ft store in Oxford.

The three-storey shop is part of the Crown Estate and Land Securities’ £440m redevelopment of Westgate Shopping Centre in the city’s centre, which is being constructed by Laing O’Rourke.

John Lewis has invested over £18m in the new store, which is due to open in October and is one of three it plans to open over the next 18 months.

Mace also carried out the fit-out on John Lewis’ most recent store which opened last autumn in developer Hammerson’s revamped Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds.

Tony Jacob, head of construction, environment and engineering for John Lewis, said: “Oxford is an important strategic location for us and we were clear from the beginning of this project that we needed to appoint a contractor who we knew could deliver to our high standards.

“Working with Mace on the fit-out of our shop in Leeds last year showed us their commitment to quality without compromising on budget or speed of delivery. They were the natural choice for this job, and we look forward to working closely with them as we get our new site ready for its grand opening.”

Mace regional director Neil Hennessey, said: “This will be our second project for John Lewis in less than 12 months, and we’re obviously thrilled to be building a long term relationship with such a prestigious British retailer. We’ve developed a reputation for delivering industry-leading retail projects and we will be drawing on this expertise to deliver another outstanding store for John Lewis.”