While Waitrose stores are open, John Lewis stores are not open today but they could begin to reopen next month (May). The John Lewis website, however, remains operational and, unlike some other retailers' websites, it is not operating a queuing system – and if you order before 4pm you can get next day delivery. (That's a change from the usual 8pm cut off-time due to high customer demand.) There's free standard delivery for orders over £50 and next day delivery from £6.95.
When will John Lewis stores reopen? According to the Mail on Sunday the retailer has drawn up a plan to open its 50 stores over a three to six week period once the government gives the go-ahead. The newspaper reports that Andrew Murphy, John Lewis Partnership's Executive Director of Operations, said the retailer could begin reopening some stores as soon as the middle of May.
The plan is apparently to open John Lewis stores in three stages, starting with those with large car parks so staff can drive to work rather than use public transport. That would account for about 20 stores. Larger stores such as London, Birmingham or Glasgow will reportedly remain closed for longer.
Another report, this time from The Press Association, says that some John Lewis stores will NEVER reopen, saying it is "highly unlikely" that all 50 stores will reopen. "In terms of shops, we keep our estate under continuous review in order to ensure we have the right amounts of shops to best serve our customers and remain commercially viable," John Lewis said in a statement. That's a pattern we're likely to see from many high street stores as shopping increasingly moves online.
So if you want to shop at John Lewis today, you'll need to head to the John Lewis website. The good news is that there's a huge John Lewis promotion on right now, making it an even better time to shop at John Lewis online.
Note that there are some restrictions on delivery of larger items as John Lewis explains: "We are still delivering the majority of larger items. However, there are a small number of large products that are currently unavailable because they exceed a certain size or weight. These items require two people to deliver them, and with the current social distancing measures that are in place, we are temporarily unable to operate some of our services." So don't try to order a washing machine.
John Lewis adds: "Please note: on arrival to your property, we will only be able to deliver your goods to either your doorstep, or to a garage or outbuilding. We're sorry that we will not be able to enter your main premises at this time."
So that's delivery sorted, but what to buy? Well, prices are slashed across all of the store's departments, so whether you want to pick up some cheap garden furniture, save on a new sofa, cook up a tasty discount on a new cookware set, or buy a new electrical appliance at discount prices, thise John Lewis promotion is one that you should definitely check out. We've highlighted our picks of the John Lewis offers below.
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The best John Lewis online offers live now
John Lewis Home & Garden Offers
There's a massive selection of home and garden products in the John Lewis promotion with savings of up to 20%. Items on offer include cookware, paint and wallpaper, house plants as well as stuff for the garden including garden seating, lighting, garden tools and much more. Browse the John Lewis Home & Garden Offers.View Deal
John Lewis Electrical Offers
Whether you want a 4K TV to keep yourself entertained, a laptop to be more productive, a new vacuum cleaner to keep the house clean or perhaps a stand mixer so you can get creative in the kitchen, this is the sale department for you. Browse the John Lewis Electrical Offers.View Deal
John Lewis Sport & Leisure Offers
While you'll struggle to get home gym equipment at the moment you can get clothing such as compression running shorts and hoodies in the sport and leisure promotion. This department also has discounted suitcases if you want to plan ahead. Browse the John Lewis Sport & Leisure Offers.View Deal
- Women's sports clothing & footwear offers
- Men's sports clothing & footwear offers
- Fitness machine offers
- Sports watch offers
- Children's sport offers
- Sports bags & accessories offers
John Lewis Beauty & Fragrance Offers
Get makeup and fragrances from brands including Benefit, Ted Baker, Nails Inc and more. There are over 100 different offers live right now! Browse the John Lewis Beauty & Fragrance Offers.View Deal
More John Lewis offers
- Up to 50% off Boden
- Up to 50% off Whistles
- 20% off Anglepoise
- 20% off Le Creuset
- 20% off LSA International
- 20% off Anthropologie
- 20% off Orla Kiely
- 10% off Casper Mattresses
- Save up to £75 on selected Dyson vacuums
We like John Lewis because it offers its own guarantees in addition to the manufacturers’ guarantees. For example, on TVs it offers a five-year guarantee on all TVs, which may be to four years over the guarantee offered by the manufacturer. And all of its laptops and desktops come with a two-year guarantee and some come with a three-year guarantee at no added cost. Read more about John Lewis' guarantees.
John Lewis also price-matches with its Never Knowingly Undersold policy, so you can buy with confidence knowing that you're not paying over the odds.
Is John Lewis open today?
While Waitrose stores are open, John Lewis stores are closed. According to the Mail on Sunday the retailer has drawn up a plan to open its 50 store chains over a three to six week period once the government gives the go ahead. The Mail on Sunday reports that Andrew Murphy, John Lewis Partnership's executive director of operations, said the retailer could begin reopening some stores as soon as the middle of May.
The plan is apparently to open John Lewis stores in three stages, starting with those with large car parks so staff could drive to work rather than use public transport. That would account for about 20 stores. Larger stores such as London, Birmingham or Glasgow will reportedly remain closed for longer.
The John Lewis website, however, remains operational and, unlike some other retail websites, is not operating a queuing system.