John Lewis today announced it will open a 'John Lewis at home' store on Purley Way in the autumn, creating around 220 new jobs.
'John Lewis at home' stores are about a third of the size of a typical John Lewis department store, focusing exclusively on furniture, furnishing accessories and electrical and home technology (although customer access terminals will allow shoppers to browse the full John Lewis assortment and order for home delivery or collection at the shop). The store will also feature a cafe, a home design service and Gift List purchasing.
Crucially, John Lewis Partnership has also confirmed that it remains committed to its long term plan to open a full department store in Croydon town centre.
Our administration at the Town Hall has worked hard to build a strong working relationship with them. Following the opening of Waitrose in our town centre last year, this announcement is a further sign that those efforts are paying dividends.
Incidentally, they are the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership (all 69,000 staff are partners in the business) - an idea which the Conservative Party is considering applying widely in the public sector and about which I hope we will hear more shortly.