John Lewis

What is John Lewis history

By John Lewis Virtual Assistant | Updated 5 Aug 2019 | Created 3 Jan 2019


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

John Spedan Lewis (founder of the John Lewis Partnership), son of John Lewis, is born, in 1885. John Lewis buys control of Peter Jones in 1905. 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. In the following year, 1919, John Spedan Lewis sets up a staff council. John Lewis died in 1928.

In the same year, John Spedan Lewis converts the firm into a public company, John Lewis and Company Limited. John Lewis Partnership plc is incorporated with companies house as a Public limited Company in 1929. In the same year the John Lewis Partnership becomes legal.

John Spedan Lewis died in 1963. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Lewis At Home Croydon store opened, in South London, England, in 2010. In the same year, the official Twitter for John Lewis & Partners was created. In 2010 the second John Lewis Partnership contact centre was opened in Didsbury, a borough of Manchester.

In the same year, John Lewis At Home Swindon opened its doors for business. John Lewis At Home new store opened in Tunbridge Wells with a coffee shop in 2011. In the same year, there were 32 John Lewis shops (28 department stores and four John Lewis at home).

In 2011 John Lewis At Home Tamworth opened. In the same year John Lewis At Home latest store at Chester was opened. John Lewis At Home opened a new store in Chichester, West Sussex in 2011.

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

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

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

In the following year, 2018, John Lewis had 50 shops, 36 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2. John Lewis YouTube channel reached 24,929,035 views in 2019. In the same year, John Lewis paid out its lowest bonus to staff since the 1950s as profits plunged in 2018 amid challenging trading.

Easter delivered John Lewis Partnership double-digit weekly sales growth in 2019. In the same year, John Lewis & Partners launched specialist children’s shoe fitting service in partnership with the National Autistic Society. In 2019, Home Solutions from John Lewis became available in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

The autumn winter 2019 signalled the evolution of menswear at John Lewis & Partners, its most significant menswear investment to date, in the same year. John Lewis & Partners + Denby Introduced Quartz Rose - a collaboration of colour, texture and passion, created together with skill and care in Derbyshire, England in 2019.

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