John Lewis is a chain of upmarket department stores operating throughout Great Britain. The chain is owned by the John Lewis Partnership. The first John Lewis store was opened in 1864 in Oxford Street, London.
The chain is known for its policy of "Never Knowingly Undersold" which has been in use since 1925.
There are currently 40 stores throughout England, Scotland and Wales, including six new 'At Home' stores, with a further four opening in 2012. The store in Cardiff is the largest currently operated by the Partnership outside London.
On 1 January 2008, the Oxford Street store was awarded a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen as: "suppliers of haberdashery and household goods". John Lewis Reading is also the holder of a Royal Warrant from the Queen in 2007 as suppliers of household and fancy goods.
In addition to their Oxford Street flagship store in Central London, John Lewis also operates full-line department stores in:
Aberdeen, located in Bon Accord shopping centre.
Edinburgh, located in the St. James Centre.
Glasgow, located in the Buchanan Galleries.
Birmingham, opening 2014
Brent Cross, located in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
Bristol, located in the Cribbs Causeway shopping mall.
Cambridge, located in the Grand Arcade.
Cheadle, located at Cheadle Royal shopping centre.
Greenhithe, located in the Bluewater shopping centre.
High Wycombe, located in the Cressex Centre.
Kingston upon Thames, located on Wood Street.
Leicester, located in the Highcross shopping centre.
Liverpool, located in the Liverpool One development.
Milton Keynes, located in the centre:mk shopping centre.
Newcastle upon Tyne, located in the Eldon Square Shopping Centre.
Norwich, located off All Saint's Green.
Nottingham, located in the Victoria Centre.
Peterborough, located in the Queensgate shopping centre.
Reading, located off Broad Street.
Sheffield, located off Barker's Pool.
Sloane Square, London, Peter Jones.
Solihull, located in the Touchwood development.
Southampton, located in the WestQuay shopping centre.
Southsea (Portsmouth), Knight & Lee, located on Palmerston Road.
Stratford, located off Montfichet Road
Trafford (Manchester), located in the Trafford Centre.
Watford, located in the Harlequin Shopping Centre.
Welwyn, located off Bridge Road.
Cardiff, located at The Hayes.
Flexible format department stores
John Lewis opened their first new concept 'flexible format' department store on 12th October 2012. This new format for stores of between 60,000 and 120,000 sq ft sits between the 'full-line' department store and 'at home' shops in terms of scale. These stores offer a wide range of John Lewis departments across the categories of Fashion, Home and Electricals & Home Technology. An edited assortment available on the shop floor is complemented by in-store terminals providing access to the full range available to order from the John Lewis website.
Chelmsford (opening 2014)
Exeter (opened 12th October 2012)
York (opening 2013)
John Lewis At Home stores
Ipswich (opening 2012)
Poole (opened October 2009, 1st 'At Home' format store)
Former department stores
John Barnes, Finchley Road, London - closed 1981, building now occupied by Waitrose
Blinkhorn & Son, Gloucester - sold 1953
Bon Marché, Brixton, London - closed 1975
Bon Marché, Tunbridge Wells - sold 1953
Buckleys, Harrogate - sold 1953
A H Bull, Reading - sold 1953
Caleys, Windsor - closed 2006
Holdrons, Peckham, London - sold 1948
Jones Brothers, Holloway Road, London - closed 1990, part of Jones Brothers site now occupied by Waitrose
Lance & Lance, Weston-Super-Mare - closed 1956
Pratts, Streatham, London - closed 1990
Quin & Axten, Brixton, London - sold 1949
Robert Sayle Peterborough (formerly Thomsons), Peterborough - closed 1956
Vinalls, Eastbourne - sold 1953