John Lewis has announced that its department store in Cheltenham will open on the 18th October 2018, and will be run by John Lewis partner, Martin Bundy.

Martin has been a John Lewis Partner for over 18 years. He joined the partnership as a shop floor assistant at the retailer’s Southsea department store, and since then has held senior roles in several stores including Southampton, Bluewater, Newbury and, most recently, managing John Lewis’ Chichester shop.

He has also held various project and branch development roles in the company's head office.

Martin comments: "I'm very proud to be given this great opportunity and excited to show the people of Cheltenham our new shop. Before we open we have a lot to do. As well as getting the shop ready we will recruit and train hundreds of new partners ready to deliver outstanding customer service."

John Lewis is investing £23m in the 115,000 sqft shop, which will be the retailer's 51st.