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John Lewis announces head of branch for Birmingham flagship

Thursday 9 May 2013

John Lewis today announced that Kim Lowe will become head of branch of its new Birmingham regional flagship department store, set to open next year in the UK's second largest city.

Kim has worked at John Lewis for 30 years in a variety of customer facing roles. She started her career as a sales assistant in John Lewis Nottingham, working her way up through a number of operational roles to the present day, where she has been head of branch at John Lewis Glasgow for the last three years. In 2007, Kim became an elected director of the John Lewis Partnership Board and has served on various committees including the Glasgow Economic Leadership Commission and as a director of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Maggie Porteous, director of selling, north and new format, said: 'Kim is perfectly placed to ensure John Lewis Birmingham delivers the excellent standards and service that our customers expect. She brings a breadth of experience as a leader and a fantastic track record of managing external relationships to this exciting and demanding role and I wish her every success.'

Kim Lowe added: 'I'm absolutely thrilled to be taking on this new challenge and look forward to establishing our regional flagship shop in the heart of the city centre and in the heart of the local community. This appointment brings me back to the Midlands where I was born and where most of my family still live.'

John Lewis Birmingham will open in the autumn of 2014 and is part of the total re-development of New Street station.

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),, 255 Waitrose supermarkets, 36 Waitrose convenience stores, 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.

*Oracle Retail Week Awards 2013
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