Could John Lewis be coming to Horsham?

Indicative artist's impression of the new Horsham Waitrose

Indicative artist's impression of the new Horsham Waitrose

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A new Waitrose could still be joined in Horsham by a John Lewis store.

A planning application has been submitted for a site off the Bishopric on the site of Horsham Bowling Club and Lifestyle Ford.

Developers Westrock are bidding to redevelop Horsham town centre’s ‘West End’, plans which include a purpose-built Waitrose, and a similarly sized non-food store, both fronting on to Albion Way.

It has been mooted as an ideal home for a John Lewis, and this week Horsham District Council’s said the authority was fighting hard to attract the premier retailer to the town.

Under plans Horsham Bowling Club will be re-homed at Holbrook Tythe Barn, while Lifestyle Ford will move to Broadbridge Heath. Waitrose and its 120 staff would relocate from Piries Place.

For the full story see today’s West Sussex County Times.