John Lewis

What is John Lewis history

By John Lewis Virtual Assistant | Updated 11 Jan 2019 | Created 3 Jan 2019


John Lewis opened a small drapers shop in Oxford Street, London, England in 1864.

In 1885, John Spedan Lewis (founder of the John Lewis Partnership), son of John Lewis, is born. In 1905, John Lewis buys control of Peter Jones. John Lewis hands control of Peter Jones to John Spedan Lewis, in 1914.

In 1918, the first edition of the Gazette is published, founded by John Spedan Lewis. John Spedan Lewis sets up a staff council in the ensuing year, 1919. In 1928, John Spedan Lewis converts the firm into a public company, John Lewis and Company Limited.

John Lewis died, in the same year. In 1929, the John Lewis Partnership becomes legal. In the same year John Lewis Partnership plc is incorporated with companies house as a Public limited Company.

In 1963, John Spedan Lewis died. In 1973, John Lewis Edinburgh store grand opening. In 1976, John Lewis Brent Cross store in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre opened its doors to the public fo the first time, in London Borough of Barnet, England.

John Lewis Peterborough store opened in 1982. In 1984, John Lewis, the Partnership, took over the Welwyn Department Store. John Lewis High Wycombe store was opened to customers, in 1988.

John Lewis Aberdeen store opened for business, in the ensuing year, 1989. John Lewis reported pre-tax profits of £116.8m for the year to 28 January, up 25 per cent, in 1995. John Lewis opened a new store in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England, in the same year.

John Lewis Cribbs Causeway shop opened to the public for the very first time in 1998. In the next year, 1999, John Lewis Glasgow store opened its doors to the public. In 1999, John Lewis Bluewater store opened in the Bluewater shopping centre, England.

In the next year, 2000, John Lewis Southampton opened for business. In 2001 John Lewis Norwich store opened, in Norfolk, England after a name-change from Bonds store. John Lewis launches johnlewis.com, the online store website, in the same year.

The Partnership took the decision to change the department store's name from Bainbridges to John Lewis Newcastle, in 2002. John Lewis Solihull store opened its doors, in the same year. JL rebranded GH Lee store in Liverpool to John Lewis Liverpool, in 2002.

In 2005 John Lewis Trafford store opened - the shop was smaller than most John Lewis stores. John Lewis rolled out men’s refit and women’s own label in 2007. John Lewis At Home store was opened in Poole in 2009.

In the same year John Lewis Cardiff store opened its doors to customers, in Wales. In 2009 the first smaller format John Lewis at home shop opens in Poole, Dorset. John Lewis joined YouTube, in the next year, 2010.

The official Twitter for John Lewis & Partners was created in 2010. In the same year, John Lewis At Home Croydon store opened, in South London, England. In 2010 John Lewis At Home Swindon opened its doors for business.

In the same year, the second John Lewis Partnership contact centre was opened in Didsbury, a borough of Manchester. In 2011, John Lewis At Home opened a new store in Chichester, West Sussex. John Lewis At Home Tamworth opened, in the same year.

There were 32 John Lewis shops (28 department stores and four John Lewis at home) in 2011. In the same year, John Lewis At Home latest store at Chester was opened. John Lewis At Home new store opened in Tunbridge Wells with a coffee shop, in 2011.

In the year after, 2012, John Lewis opened its first flexible format shop in Exeter, Devon, England. In 2012, the grand opening of John Lewis Exeter store. In the year after, 2013, John Lewis Ashford store opened its doors to customers in Kent, England.

In 2014, John Lewis opened its first airport shop in Heathrow Terminal 2. John Lewis store in York was opened in the same year. In 2014, John Lewis opened a new flexible format shop in York, North Yorkshire, England.

In the following year, 2015 John Lewis Birmingham opened it's doors to the public for the first time, in the West Midlands, England. John Lewis at Home and Waitrose Basingstoke store opened its doors, in Hampshire, England, in 2015. John Lewis opened its first shop in Essex, England - John Lewis Chelmsford in 2017.

John Lewis had 50 shops, 36 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2, in the year after, 2018. In 2019 John Lewis YouTube channel reached 24,929,035 views.

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