Jun 11, 2019

John Lewis to start building home extensions

John Lewis is planning to expand its offering from furnishing homes to extending and renovating them. John Lewis already runs a booking site for trades people and last year it acquired a home improvement firm, Opun. John Lewis director Sean Allam said the deal to buy Opun demonstrated the department store's ambition to grow in the home services market. Both Opun and Home Solutions sit in a part of the business that is supposed to create new products for both John Lewis and Waitrose, which is also part of the partnership. Retail analyst Richard Hyman told the BBC that building up the home improvement business was unlikely to make a difference to short term profitability at John Lewis.

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