John Lewis Stratford City
Consumer PR to raise awareness of their flagship new East London store

Context and Objectives

Opened in September 2011, John Lewis is the only department store at Westfield Stratford City and the first full line John Lewis shop to open in London in 20 years.

LCA was brought in to develop and deliver a PR campaign in the 12 months to store opening and first four months of trading to maximise consumer awareness and drive footfall and sales.

The LCA Role

LCA developed a rolling creative PR programme to reach the shop’s target customer groups, build interest and profile for John Lewis with local media in a part of London not typically seen to be their target market

Two months before launch we organised a highly successful stakeholder event securing the Planning Minister and Mayor of Newham to speak, to cement strong relations with the Council and the local community and set out the John Lewis approach to local employment and training.

Towards the opening and during early trading the campaign focused on promoting new retail concepts, product placements and highlighting the link to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We organised features and photocalls and reached out across local press, consumer media and key bloggers to secure volume coverage, also utilising bespoke shop experiences for targeted journalists.

Results Delivered

The opening of John Lewis Stratford City was a roaring success. The shop is now firmly established with higher than forecast turnover and the brand values successfully communicated to new target audiences.