Aquila names the day in Chelmsford

Published:  21 September, 2016

Bond Street development to open on September 29

The long awaited Bond Street shopping centre in Chelmsford will open on Thursday September 29 with an innovative John Lewis store at its heart.

Construction began in January last year and the 300,000-sq ft development will feature a host of exciting retail brands, riverside restaurants, a luxury boutique cinema, open public space and an underground car park.

Luxury lifestyle brands have identified Bond Street Chelmsford as a development that can answer their need for a high quality environment alongside similar brands and John Lewis, Jack Wills, The White Company, Cath Kidston, Joules and Foyles Bookshop will all be opening in Essex for the first time. The 120,000-sq ft three-storey John Lewis store will focus on top fashion and beauty brands.

As well as the shops there will be an extensive leisure offering . Several top named restaurants will open alongside the river with outside seating a major attraction. Byron Hamburgers, Bills and Ask Italian will join Prezzo, Loch Fyne the Jamaica Blue Café, Coast to Coast and Las Iguanas. Completing the development is an Everyman cinema with its first venue in Essex.

Chelmsford-based developer Aquila Holdings realised the potential of the site in a project that has been 14 years in the making, as Aquila’s Neil Ridley explains: “This area of the city centre was an inaccessible multitude of neglected car parks and buildings running down to the river that was crying out to be rejuvenated. The name Bond Street comes from what was the old Bonds department store, which is now Debenhams. The Bond Street name fits perfectly with the West End quality feel of the development and its brand presence.”

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