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Timeline: John Lewis 150 years

As John Lewis unveils a range of events to mark its 150th anniversary next month, Drapers takes a look back at the retailer’s 150 year history.

1865 - John Lewis opens a small drapers shop in Oxford Street and takes 16s 4d on his first day.

1905 - John Lewis buys Peter Jones.

1919 - John Spedan Lewis sets up a staff council, the forerunner of today’s Partnership, Divisional and Branch Councils, and introduces the Donations Committee, the forerunner of todays Committee for Claims.

1928 - The death of John Lewis leaves John Spedan Lewis as owner of both stores. He converts the firm into a public company, John Lewis and Company Limited.

1929 - The John Lewis Partnership becomes legal. From now, profits are available for distribution amongst all partners.

1937 - The Partnership buys Waitrose, at that time a chain of 10 shops.

1940 - The Partnership doubles in size by buying the Selfridge Provincial Stores Group. One of which was Cole Brothers (now John Lewis Sheffield).

1950 - John Spedan Lewis transfers his remaining shares and ultimate control to the Trustees.

1963 - Death of John Spedan Lewis.

1972 - Bernard Miller retires as chairman and is succeeded by Peter Lewis, nephew of John Spedan Lewis.

1993 - Peter Lewis retires as chairman and is succeeded by Stuart Hampson.

2001 - John Lewis launches johnlewis.com.

2006 - The John Lewis Partnership launches Greenbee, a new direct services company.

2007 - Sir Stuart Hampson retires as chairman and is succeeded by Charlie Mayfield.

March 17 2007 - John Lewis to roll out men’s refit and women’s own label

June 30 2007 - John Lewis appoints Ruis as fashion boss in buying rejig

December 17 2007 - John Lewis smashes £100m sales mark

November 6 2008 - John Lewis to open first overseas store in Dublin

2009 - The first smaller format John Lewis at home shop opens in Poole, Dorset.

October 16 2009 - First designer menswear collaboration at John Lewis

November 20 2009 - John Lewis integrates online into core business -

May 27 2010 - Peter Ruis appointed buying and brand director at John Lewis -

April 2010 - John Lewis launches £6m ad campaign -

April 2010 - John Lewis goes global via website -

2012 - John Lewis opens its first flexible format shop in Exeter, Devon.

September 2012 - John Lewis’ Temperley range becomes its fastest seller-

July 2013 - John Lewis brand director Peter Ruis steps down

May 2013 - John Lewis range to debut at London Collections: Men -

April 2014 - Jo Hooper to leave John Lewis after six years

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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