It’s not often that you see a three-seat sofa, coffee table, rug and curtains decorating a local train station, but from Monday to Wednesday last week three stations in Wiltshire will be given a little taste of ‘home’.

With just one week to go until the opening of John Lewis at home in Swindon, commuters across the county can put up their feet and relax in style as they wait for their trains.

John Lewis at Home: Chippenham StationJohn Lewis at Home: Chippenham StationThe John Lewis at home ‘Take a Seat’ roadshow was visiting platform three at Swindon station on Monday 18 October, Chippenham station on Tuesday 19 October and Kemble station on Wednesday 20 October.

Branch manager Dominic Joyce says: “After months of preparation the shop is almost ready to be revealed. The roadshow is our first opportunity to meet the community and those who travel in and out of the town each day for work.”

John Lewis at home Swindon comprises 39,000 sq ft of selling space following a £7m investment, and includes customer access terminals where shoppers can browse the full John Lewis range online for in-store collection or home delivery.

180 new full and part time Partners (staff) have been recruited from the local area to work in the new shop and have undertaken extensive training over the summer to prepare them for the opening and busy Christmas period.

Dominic adds: “We have recruited a fantastic team of knowledgeable Partners. We are all looking forward to welcoming our new customers into the shop next Thursday”

The new John Lewis at home Swindon opens on Thursday 28 October at 10am on Mannington Retail Park, and will focus exclusively on furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware, and electrical and home technology.

Readers can keep up to date with progress at the shop through Dominic Joyce’s blog at

The John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership operates 30 John Lewis shops across the UK (28 department stores and two John Lewis at home), and 234 Waitrose supermarkets. The business has an annual turnover of over £7.4bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 70,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Britain’s favourite retailer 2009’* and ‘Multiple Department Store of the Year 2009’ ** typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 100,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. ( ). John Lewis Insurance will offer a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

* Verdict consumer satisfaction index, January 2010
** The Drapers Awards for fashion retail, October 2009

Waitrose – Waitrose has shops in England, Scotland and Wales. Its strong performance has been driven by the success of the essential Waitrose range, an unmatchable top tier of products including the new Duchy Originals from Waitrose and free delivery driving rapid online growth. Regularly voted ‘Britain’s favourite supermarket’*, Waitrose combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced combined with high standards of customer service. ( )

* Telegraph Magazine Shop Awards – Best for Food & Drink; BBC Watchdog – Britain’s Favourite Supermarket; Good Housekeeping Awards – Favourite Supermarket; Grocer Gold Awards – Grocer of the Year.

Source: Freshwater