John Lewis is considering using excess space in some of its stores for flexible offices in a bid to use extra square footage effectively.
The retailer is looking at incorporating co-working or serviced office space in some of its older, larger stores in city centres, Property Week reports. It is believed to be considering Newcastle’s Intu Eldon Square shopping centre.
John Lewis plans to carry out a cost assessment on the proposal and will make a decision on whether to go ahead with the plans in early 2018.
Department stores have launched new initiatives and focused on experiential shopping to try and use large stores to their advantage. John Lewis’s Victoria Gate store in Leeds, for example, includes a spa and travel agent.