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November 25, 2015 1:37 PM ET

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Company Overview of John Lewis Partnership plc

Company Overview

John Lewis Partnership plc engages in the retail business in the United Kingdom. The company operates stores under the brands John Lewis and Waitrose. Its John Lewis stores offer fashion, beauty, home, giftware, electrical, and technology products; and treatments for nails, brows, and lashes, as well as facials, massages, waxing, and tanning. The company’s Waitrose stores offer a range of products, including fruits, vegetables, bacon, sausages, ice cream, wines, cheeses, and honey; vitamin and mineral tablets; organic milk, eggs, mince beef, Scottish salmon fillets, and chicken; and bulbs, seeds, flowers, plants, tools, and garden care products. It operates 31 John Lewis department stores, 1...

Partnership House

Carlisle Place

London,  SW1P 1BX

United Kingdom

Founded in 1864

88,700 Employees


44 20 7828 1000

Key Executives for John Lewis Partnership plc

Managing Director and Director
Age: 51
Executive Chairman, Managing Director of Department Stores and Chairman of Chairmans Nominations Committee
Age: 48
Finance Director and Director
Operations Director
Deputy Chairman, Lead Director of Crisis Management Team and Managing Director of Waitrose
Age: 54
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

John Lewis Partnership plc Key Developments

John Lewis Opens Shop-In-Shops Within Seven Branches of the Netherlands' Leading Department Store, de Bijenkorf

John Lewis has announced it will have a physical presence in Europe by opening shop-in-shops within seven branches of The Netherlands' leading department store, de Bijenkorf. The first three shop-in-shop departments will open in spring 2016 at de Bijenkorf's stores in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. This will be followed by additional openings in Eindhoven and Utrecht by the end of next year and in Amstelveen and Maastricht in 2017. The John Lewis departments will be between 300 sq ft and 500 sq ft in size with the retailer's in-house store design team designing the look and feel of the retail space. On offer to customers will be the best of John Lewis's own brand home and lifestyle products across bed, bath, living and gifting assortments. John Lewis's ambition to increase awareness and engagement with more international customers and to expand its existing international presence. Throughout May and July 2015, John Lewis opened 14 shop-in-shops across Singapore and the Philippines and by 2014 had opened seven shop-in-shops in South Korea.

Mark Price, Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman, to Leave the Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership announced that, after a 33 year career, Mark Price has set out his intention to step down as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman and to leave the Partnership on 3 April 2016. Mark has worked with Sir Charlie Mayfield, the Partnership's Chairman, to agree the timing of his leaving in the best interests of the Partnership. Rob Collins, Waitrose's Retail Director, has been appointed to succeed Mark when he steps down.  Rob has been with the Partnership for 22 years, initially with John Lewis in a number of senior roles before moving to Waitrose in 2007 to establish its e-commerce business.  In 2010 Rob was appointed Personnel Director and in early 2012 was appointed Retail Director.

John Lewis Announces Plan to Open New Department Store in Cheltenham, England

John Lewis has announced its plan to open a new department store in Cheltenham, England in 2017. With a combined investment of over GBP 30 million from John Lewis, BlackRock and Cheltenham Borough Council, the proposal will see the Beechwood shopping centre in Cheltenham transformed into a John Lewis department store. Creating up to 250 jobs and offering more than 115,000 square feet of selling space across two floors, the shop will showcase fashion, home and consumer electronics concepts in a contemporary setting.

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