John Lewis aims to increase the number of stores it operates to 60 by 2020

John Lewis aims to increase the number of stores it operates to 60 by 2020

Department store operator John Lewis has revealed it expects to add 21 stores to its portfolio by 2020 to drive further growth.

The retailer, which currently has 39 stores in the UK, aims to increase the number of shops it operates to 60 by 2020. Its existing shops include 30 department stores and nine John Lewis At Home.

"We estimate that we will have in the region of 60 John Lewis shops by 2020," John Lewis said in a statement released to just-style.

It added that it has three store formats, including full-line, flexible and At Home, and that "each plays a different role and means we have a way of addressing all of the key catchments in the UK".

The John Lewis Partnership group saw its first-half pre-tax profits soar by nearly 60% in September after rising revenues on the back of the Diamond Jubilee and the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics.