John Lewis at Home Chester enters first weekend

The store manager of the retailer's debut homewares store in the North West said trading has been brisk since opening on Wednesday.

The 38,000 sq ft store is in Greyhound Retail Park in Chester and is the fifth branch of the new John Lewis at Home concept in the UK, focusing on furniture, homewares, furnishing accessories and electrical and home technology.

Mark Blundell, branch manager, John Lewis at Home Chester, said: "The strong trading figures have shown that John Lewis at Home Chester has got off to a great start and we look forward to seeing how this progresses throughout our first week of trading. All areas showed very strong sales but it seems that Chester shoppers are already thinking about Christmas, with many of our festive decorations proving to be best sellers."

The first purchase was an iPad 2, Blundell said. As well as technology, cooking equipment is selling well and the café is selling hot beverages at the rate of one a minute.

John Lewis's ambition is to have ten 'at home' shops by the end of 2012. The 'at home' branch also offers online customers a 'click and collect' service. The service allows customers to order products from before 7pm and collect them for free at the branch after 2pm the following day or opt for home delivery.

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and with the new M&S up the road opening next year soon you won’t even need to venture into Chester city centre itself

By Anon

Visited the store yesterday. Chester is long overdue a John Lewis.Lovely shop,great layout,light and airy.Will save the occasional trip to Cheadle, therefore saving the planet (much less fuel use for me) Well done.

By Barbara Cummins

could have been a great home store, but disappointing as it lacks the wallpaper, so walls dont deserve the same attention as windows……hope it comes soon, there’s plenty competition locally.wallpaper please.

By menna hughes