Group of John Lewis Oxford Partners

About us

The John Lewis Partnership is a visionary and successful way of doing business, boldly putting the happiness of Partners at the centre of everything it does. It's the embodiment of an ideal, the outcome of nearly a century of endeavour to create a different sort of company, owned by Partners dedicated to serving customers with flair and fairness.

All 85,500 permanent staff are Partners who own 50 John Lewis shops across the UK (36 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), 353 Waitrose supermarkets (, an online and catalogue business, (, a production unit and a farm. The business has annual gross sales of over £11.5bn. Partners share in the benefits and profits of a business that puts them first.

When our founder, John Spedan Lewis, set up the Partnership, he was careful to create a governance system, set out in our Constitution, that would be both commercial allowing us to move quickly to stay ahead in a competitive industry, and democratic giving every Partner a voice in the business they co-own. His combination of commercial acumen and corporate conscience, so ahead of its time, is what makes us what we are today.

The John Lewis Partnership is one of a growing number of businesses with an employee-owned structure and is a member of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), the not-for-profit membership body representing the sector.


John Lewis Partnership plc
Registered in England no: 00238937
Registered Office: 171 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NN.
© Copyright John Lewis Partnership plc 2013

  • Waitrose The first 10 Waitrose shops joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1937; today there are over 350, including convenience branches, as well as shops at Welcome Break service stations, online and our own farm, the Leckford Estate in Hampshire.
  • John Lewis John Lewis began trading in 1864 on London's Oxford Street, and has grown to become the largest omni-channel retailer in the UK.