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John Lewis at home Swindon celebrates its first anniversary
John Lewis at home Swindon opened its doors on October 28 2010. One year on, to mark this landmark anniversary, Partners (staff) invited customers to join them for a weekend of celebration, kicked off by an event for charities involved in the shop’s Community Matters scheme.

Charities who benefitted from Community Matters since it launched were invited into the shop to receive their donation from John Lewis at home Swindon. The Great Western Hospital Maternity Wing were awarded £1,410 to refurbish a bereavement counselling room, Swindon Food Bank were given £840 to purchase vital equipment, and Swindon Living Options were given £750 to provide day trips for adults with physical disabilities.

The next three charities to take part in the scheme also attended the event. Friends of Young Carers Swindon, Swindon Stroke Support Group, and Koalas, a playgroup for children with learning difficulties.

Dominic Joyce, branch manager, John Lewis at home Swindon, said: “Since we opened our doors last October we’ve seen a great response from Swindon shoppers and the branch has gone from strength to strength. All the Partners will be delighted to celebrate a successful first year with the charities we have supported so far, which do such a fantastic job in the local community.

Customer events were also held in the shop to celebrate its first anniversary. Events included:

• Gift food tastings from a range of brands including Jelly Belly jelly beans, Lime Bay wine and John Lewis’s own panettone.

• Supplier demonstrations from the experts at Miele, KitchenAid, Dyson and Magimix.

The ‘at home’ concept has proved popular with customers in Swindon with sales particularly strong in audio and TV, large and small electricals and bed and bath linen.

The retailer’s Click and Collect service, has also proved particularly successful with orders growing by an incredible 75% since opening. Womens fashion, iPad2 and coffee machines are among the most popular items for customers using the service.

For more information contact:
Carly Edwards
Press Officer (Branches & Retail Development)
t: 020 7592 5459
m: 07764 675 894
e: carly_edwards@johnlewis.co.uk

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 35 John Lewis shops across the UK (29 department stores and six John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com and 264 Waitrose supermarkets. The business has an annual turnover of nearly £7.4bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 76,500 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Britain's favourite retailer 2010'* and 'Multiple Department Store of the Year 2010' ** typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 150,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK (www.johnlewis.com ). 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.

John Lewis is proud to be the official department store provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

John Lewis and London 2012 - As part of this partnership with LOCOG (The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) John Lewis operates official London 2012 shops within its Oxford Street and Stratford City shops. John Lewis is helping to furnish lounge and reception areas at key Games-time venues as well as offering Partners (staff) the opportunity to support LOCOG in the operation and build-up to the Games. Further to the sponsorship with LOCOG, John Lewis Partnership has developed 'Partners in Sport' an initiative to put something back into the community through sport which includes sponsoring several London 2012 hopefuls as well as funding sports coaches.

* Verdict consumer satisfaction index, January 2011

** The Drapers Awards for fashion retail, November 2010

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