The John Lewis Partnership is an employee-owned UK partnership which operates John Lewis department stores, Waitrose supermarkets and the direct services company Greenbee. The company is owned by a trust on behalf of all its employees – known as partners - who have a say in the running of the business and receive a share of annual profits, which is usually a significant addition to their salary. The group is the third largest UK private company in the Sunday Times Top Track 100 for 2008. The chain's image is upmarket, and it appeals strongly to a middle to upper class shoppers. Recently, however, John Lewis have broadened their marketing strategy towards all types of buyers, with the introduction of the 'Value' range to John Lewis and the 'Essential' range to Waitrose, and with the expansion of the business.

The partnership also supplies the Ocado web supermarket with Waitrose own-brand foods and John Lewis own-brand non-food items.

The business was founded in 1864 when John Lewis set up a draper's shop in Oxford Street, London, which developed into a department store.

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