Why create a Memory Store?

The first page of the First Trust Settlement, 1929
The first page of the First Trust Settlement, 1929
Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership in 2007
Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership in 2007

Two reasons

The Memory Store provides Partners and customers with information on every aspect of working within the Partnership, acknowledging and championing the work of everyone from Sales Assistant to Chairman, and everyone in between.

But, the Memory Store is more than this. It is a fully interactive, steadily evolving living organism, serving, as the name suggests, as a store for the memories and reminiscences of Partners and customers alike. Through these records, we can understand why and how the business functions as it does so today, and utilise this information in order to shape the future. Without this digital store, endearing memories vital to the Partnership’s growth might otherwise be lost forever.

Why now?

In 2014, the Partnership celebrated its 150 anniversary year of John Lewis opening on Oxford Street.  The Memory Store was launched as part of the ongoing celebrations that year.  After the success of the Waitrose Memory Store, which was launched in 2012, to help commemorate 75 years of the supermarket in the John Lewis Partnership, it seemed only fitting that John Lewis should get its own Memory Store.

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