John Lewis Partnership
|John Lewis Partnership|
|Phone:||+44-(0)207 828 1000|
|Address:||Partnership House, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1BX, United Kingdom|
The John Lewis Partnership is a British retailer. It is a partnership, and all of it permanent full-time employees own a share of the business, and receive an annual profit distribution which is usually a significant fraction of their annual salary.
As of 2005 the partnership operates 27 department stores. Most of these trade as John Lewis but some trade under other names such as Peter Jones (department store), Robert Sayle, Knight & Lee and Caleys. The stores are in a mixture of city centre and regional shopping centre locations. They are generally the largest or second largest department store in their local market. The flagship Oxford Street store remains the largest John Lewis outlet in the UK. The stores are moderately upmarket and are perceived as a bastion of the British middle class.
The partnership also owns Waitrose, an upmarket supermarket chain which trades mainly in London and the South of England, originally formed by Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor.The company was taken over by The John Lewis Partnership in 1937.
The partnership in an investor in and an operational partner of the Ocado internet grocery business, which supplies Waitrose brand food.
founding year: 1,864 (+)