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John Lewis announces branch manager for York

Friday 21 June 2013

John Lewis today announced that Robert Garnish will become branch manager of its York department store, set to open in spring 2014.

Robert is currently branch manager of John Lewis at home Poole and has worked for the retailer for 13 years, joining as a graduate trainee and going on to take up roles in ten shops across the country, including Aberdeen, Southampton, Norwich and Cheadle. He has also served on a number of external bodies including, most recently, taking a seat on the Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Maggie Porteous, Director of Selling, north and new format, said: 'John Lewis York represents a key part of our catchment strategy and Robert's wide breadth of retail experience and close ties to the city mean he is perfectly placed to take on this exciting new role.'

Robert Garnish added: 'I grew up in Yorkshire and I'm delighted to be returning to the city where my parents live, taking on this fantastic opportunity.'

John Lewis York will be sited on the Monks Cross 2 development, with a selling space of 92,000 sq ft, car parking for 1,300 cars and an adjacent Park and Ride with capacity for 750 cars.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 39 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and nine John Lewis at home),, 292 Waitrose shops, and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 84,700 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Retailer of the Year 2013'* 'The Nation's Best Retailer'** and 'Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2013' *, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 200,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. ( John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

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