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The effect of War on GH Lee
The ebb and flow of Wartime conditions Whilst London suffered greatly during the war because of the evacuation of staff and ...
The acquisition of Bradstones
Six acre sports ground Whilst some John Lewis stores suffered greatly at the hands of German bombing, the prospects of GH ...
A branch of GH Lee opened in Chester
New specialist branch In 1951, a branch shop of GH Lee was opened in Chester, specialising in the selling of piece ...
The assimilation of Bon Marche Liverpool into GH Lee
Illustrious Bon Marche In 1961, the decision was made to merge the Bon Marche store with that of GH Lee. Bon ...
Spedan gives birth to the Partnership and Peter Jones is its cradle
Partnership Conceived “The Experiment in Industrial Democracy” that Spedan was to introduce into his Chelsea shop had its birth much earlier. In ...
Spedan grasps Peter Jones with two hands, 1920-1929
Bright young graduates and women During the next ten years Spedan continued to re-decorate and redesign the layout of the shop. ...
Towards the present day
Economic resurgence The late 1980’s saw GH Lee benefit from a resurgence of investment into Liverpool. In the 1980’s, Merseyside as ...
A sitting target As the world began its unstoppable march towards the Second World War in under thirty years, it became ...
Founding Fathers The fascinating story behind Heelas of Reading begins way back in 1854. John Heelas, together with his sons John ...
No daft decision The early history of Jessops is a touch sketchy at best. Mr John Townsend, a businessman from London, ...
The Twentieth Century
William Jessop in charge Things changed quickly as the store entered the new century. The death of Zebedee Jessop in 1907 ...
The acquisition of Jessops into the John Lewis Partnership
The first store of the Partnership outside of London On the 28th March 1933, the John Lewis Partnership, which until this ...
The War Years
Wartime strains Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, call up to the army caused havoc to the Partnership. As ...
Taking steps towards the Victoria Centre
Changing customer demand The initial years after the end of World War Two saw some successes for Jessops, particularly as stock ...
Origins of Peter Jones
First shop Peter Rees Jones, the son of a Welsh hat-maker, came to London in 1867 and worked in several retail ...
The start of the relationship between Peter Jones and John Lewis
John Lewis purchases Peter Jones John Lewis had a thoroughly successful business in Oxford Street and was ready to expand and ...
Relocation to the Victoria Centre
Outgrowing the existing premises The 1970’s would prove to be a massive decade for Jessops. At the beginning of 1972, the ...
A new London department store John Lewis Kingston was a product of the Partnership’s long held desire to have a branch ...
Obstructions to construction
Back to plan A When the plans to build in Sutton experienced a number of complications, attention once again switched to ...
The Construction of John Lewis Kingston
Archaeological finds John Lewis Kingston may have been a brand new project, but the site on which it was being built ...
The Grand Opening of John Lewis Kingston, 1990
Resoundingly successful build The store was eventually opened in September 1990. The waiting had been well worth it, as the results ...
Twenty years later On the 8th September 2010, ‘John Lewis Kingston’ celebrated its 20th year of trading. And what a 20 ...
Setting up shop In 1897, Reginald Tyrrell and William Green opened their first shop at 21 to 24 Angelsea Place, Tyrrell ...
Acquisition into the John Lewis Partnership
Expanding beyond London The Gazette of the 8th February 1934 meekly announced that Tyrrell and Green Southampton had been acquired by ...
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