John Lewis Cheadle
What do they sell?
John Lewis is a large department store that basically sells everything under the sun! They sell a wide range of good-value makes, as well as more popular designer articles. The prices are comparable at John Lewis with elsewhere, the John Lewis motto is "never knowingly undersold," and they do offer a price match promise (although I think that this excludes online shopping). The store also has two sales (called stock clearances) in January and the summer, and you can normally pick up some great furniture bargains at this time.
John Lewis in Cheadle is split on three floors. Starting in the basement, you find men's clothing. Here, they sell an okay-ish range of men’s clothing, although this is getting better all of the time. The largest brand they sell is Guise, which is an in-house make; although Guise clothes are never going to set the fashion worlds blazing, they do offer a good value for your money and a wide range of casual and more formal clothes for men. The men's department offers a good range of causal clothes and does lots of holiday-type summer clothes in the right season. Some makes stocked include French Connection, Ted Baker, Reis, Tommy Hilfiger, and Polo/Ralph Lauren. They also do a good range of formal wear, including shorts, suits, etc., from makes such as Pierre Cardin, Daniel Hechter, etc.
John Lewis furniture is also on the ground floor, and they have a great range of kitchens, electrical goods for the home, bedroom furniture, garden furniture, painting and decorating equipment, bathrooms, and much, much more!! Basically, if you are after a good-quality make of household item (e.g. Miele washing machine), then John Lewis offers a very knowledgeable staff, prices that match the quality items, and a very wide selection!
They also have a great TV and DVD electrical department that also features mobiles, landline phones, and PCs. The department is not huge, so there isn't a never-ending selection, but they do have the latest models and frequently introduce newer products. John Lewis also stocks lots of accessories such as cords, SCAT leads, etc., truly making it a one-stop shop!
Here is householder’s dream as you wander the wild and the exotic, like carpets and flooring, lampshades, ready-made bedding and curtains, rolls upon rolls of material (literally hundreds of them!!), and washing liquid! You really do find anything and everything on this floor, and here's my best-guess list of all it has to offer from memory:
Carpets, rugs, curtains (ready-made), glasses, crockery, pots and pans, bathroom accessories, fiction and non-fiction books, wrapping paper, cards, games, jigsaws, food processors, kettles, kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, clocks, light fittings, batteries, curtain poles, cleaning materials, heaters, presents and gifts, snacks, towels, hair dryers etc.
If you are after good-quality items for your home, then John Lewis offers a very wide-ranging stock of the usual and more unusual items that you will need! They have a great range of materials, including all the associated bits that you will need and a great selection of pictures and mirrors.
The first floor is the ladies’ domain, dominated by the latest ladies’ fashions from Kookai, Coast, Mexx, Gerry Weber, MaxMara, Betty Barclay, and so much more! Sorry that I don't know more about what this floor has to offer, but there does seem to be a good mix of fashions for old and young, including shoes and accessories such as handbags and purses. There is also a big children's clothing department and baby area with clothing, accessories, necessities, and furniture; a friend of mine swears by the JL baby department!
Here you will also find a well-stocked perfume/make-up area, although JL offers a refreshing treat in that this does not dominate half of the store! Here, you will find the usual wide range of aftershaves and perfumes from all your favourite designers, such as Hugo Boss, Dior, Chanel etc., as well as good range of Molton Brown products (one of my favourites!). The first floor also offers a good sized haberdashery department, as well as a great sunglass, jewellery and a watch counter that has great designer makes such as Gucci, D&G, etc.
The Cheadle stores features two cafés/restaurants, the first being located just outside the main store on the ground floor in the space between Sainsbury's and John Lewis. In this café, you will find a good range of snacks and cakes, including sandwiches and hot and cold drinks. The café is more of a stop-off for a quick bite of lunch rather than somewhere you would sit leisurely for hours.
The store is open between 9am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. As the store is out of the city centre, there is plenty of free parking, and at the Cheadle store, you will conveniently find a Sainsbury's store located next to JL, as well as Tesco, Marks, and Spencer located a 5-minute drive away at Handforth Dean.
John Lewis has a comprehensive website that features online ordering as well as lots of corporate information, including recruitment if you fancy working at one of the stores! The website contains the opening hours of the individual stores, as well as listing the main product lines that they sell and directions to the store.