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The grand opening of John Lewis Brent Cross
First London based Partnership store in over 30 years On the 10th March 1976, John Lewis Brent Cross and the Brent ...
The reshuffles of the 70's and 80's
Knight and Lee walking tall By the 1960’s, Knight and Lee was once again enjoying considerable prosperity. In 1961, the Menswear ...
Towards the present day
One hectic year It was immediately obvious that Brent Cross Shopping Centre, along with the John Lewis and ‘Waitrose had proven ...
John Lewis Portsmouth in the pipeline?
Threats Despite consistant development, Knight and Lee remained small, especially for a store belonging to the Partnership. In fact, when Caleys of Windsor closed ...
Catalogue of successes Lewis’ Ltd Bristol was just one eleven department stores in the Lewis’ group. In the 1920’s, Lewis’ became ...
Devasted by war
Victim of the Baedeker Raids Despite a peaceful first couple of years during the year, with the commencement of the Blitz, ...
Ambitious opening targets On Thursday 6th February 1981, the Partnership took possession of Lewis’s Ltd. Lewis’s stopped trading on the 17th ...
The steps that led to Partnership takeover
Shifting the cheap image. In the years following the war, Bonds focused on the rebuilding of the shop on the old ...
The grand opening of John Lewis Bristol
Opened in record time! On Tuesday 7th April 1981 at precisely 9am, John Lewis Bristol opened its doors to customers for ...
The regeneration of Bristol and the implications for the Partnership
New proposals for Bristol growth From its very opening, John Lewis Bristol did magnificently well. Bristol thrived and the branch wallowed ...
Make way for Cribbs Causeway By the midpoint of 1996, the building of Cribbs Causeway was underway, and the new John ...
Preparations for the transformation Finally, in the last week of March 1998, the time had come to move out. Although just ...
The grand opening of John Lewis Cribbs Causeway
Worth waiting for On the 31st March 1998, ‘John Lewis Cribbs Causeway’ opened to the public for the very first time. ...
Laceman William Wink The extraordinary story of ‘Knight and Lee’ actually begins in 1831. In this year, Mr William Wink began ...
Founding fathers Knight and Lee
Attractive proposition By the 1880’s, Mr Wink’s shop was a highly attractive proposition for outsiders. In 1887, two such enterprising young ...
The early Twentieth Century
Expansion down Palmerston Road By the early 1900’s, Knight and Lee was doing very nicely. In 1908, they bought a fishmonger’s shop ...
From one small property… In 1864, William Pearce Jones ran away from his home in Caernarvonshire to London, where he hoped ...
Milton Keynes is a global Phenomenon Milton Keynes prospered throughout the 1980’s; in direct correlation to the success of the shopping ...
Incriminating Dr Crippen In 1906, Jones Brothers and Co Limited was formed. This switch to becoming a limited company would be ...
The Partnership Years, 1940-1990
Wartime Restrictions During the years of the Second World War, Jones Brothers was lucky enough to come through unscathed. There were ...
Robert Herne Bond, humble beginnings in Norwich
Family business The business was founded in 1879 by Robert Herne Bond. Having outgrown the family business started in Chelmsford by ...
Early Twentieth Century
Strong Bonds Bonds of Norwich had slipped comfortably into the 20th Century. Strong family foundations meant an incredibly strong platform on ...
The Post-War Years
Shifting The ‘Cheap’ Image In the years following the war, Bonds focused on the rebuilding of the shop on the old ...
The Partnership Takeover
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