John Lewis Portsmouth in the pipeline?
Despite consistant development, Knight and Lee remained small, especially for a store belonging to the Partnership. In fact, when Caleys of Windsor closed on 2006, Knight and Lee officially became the smallest shop in the Partnership.
New development possibilities
In November 2004, the Gazette announced to Partners the Partnership’s intentions to open a new, state of the arts John Lewis Portsmouth anchor store within Portsmouth city centre’s Northern Quarter redevelopment scheme. This scheme went along with the £250 million Gunwharf Quay’s waterside development, and the building of the 170 metre high Spinnaker Tower, to offer a three-pronged rejuvenation project for Portsmouth. With proposed opening date of 2009, it was clear that John Lewis Portsmouth would have a monumental part to play in the shaping of the city’s future.
Despite being approved by Portsmouth City Council’s development control committee in late November 2005, the £300 million Northern Quarter scheme was shortly put on hold indefinitely.