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John Lewis is a chain of department stores in the UK which, alongside grocery stablemate Waitrose, forms the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership. John Lewis was formed in 1846 when its eponymous founder opened a drapery shop on Oxford Street. In 1906, Lewis bought a controlling stake in the famous Sloane Square store, Peter Jones, which it still operates today. In the 1930s, John Lewis expanded, buying businesses including Jessop & Son and Tyrrell & Green, but did not rebrand them all to John Lewis until the early 2000s as it sought to establish a nationally recognised brand. But the business has been challenged since the turn of the millennium, with profits falling and its much vaunted partnership bonus - paid to all staff - being scrapped in 2020 for the first time since 1953.