That Group, who took over ownership of the John Lewis Partnership store in January 2019, have shared plans for the future of the building.
John Lewis Partnership announced the closure of the Southsea store last month, pointing to the physical condition, size, cost of renovation, age, and shape of the property as being the main reasons for the sale.
That Group, well known for creating unique community focused urban developments, have given assurances that the future of the Knight & Lee building will be in line with the interests of the people of Portsmouth, with the local community getting the chance to air their opinions at a public consultation on Monday 25 February 2019 at Southsea Library, Palmerston Road between 16:00pm and 19:45pm.
THAT Group has confirmed that the building could be home to bespoke office space, retail opportunities, and a food and beverage hub.
Portsmouth MP, Steven Morgan, said: “I welcome the news from THAT Group expressing that they have taken on board my letter sent to them last month urging them to consider the impact of the closure on Portsmouth. Their proposals for the building, at this stage, take into account the vital role the store plays in Southsea.
“Engaging with the people who will be most affected by these changes is essential to making sure Southsea’s vibrant, diverse high street continues to function to a high standard. I will be meeting THAT Group next week and seeking assurances that the heart of Southsea will remain intact and that the ideas and concerns relayed to me by constituents are shared.”
THAT Group have issued a newsletter invitation to 2,500 surrounding Portsmouth homes and businesses. The newsletter supplies information on the proposals for the building and invites constituents to attend the public exhibition.