John Lewis quits KBSA

16 Jan, 15

National retail chain leaves kitchen and bathroom trade association

National high street showroom John Lewis has quit its membership of trade association the KBSA.

The company has 46 stores across the UK, and sells Alno kitchens through more than half of them. It also started selling bathrooms in 2013.

A spokesperson for the company commented: “We can confirm that we are no longer a member of the KBSA as our particular business model does not allow us to make the most of the excellent resources they offer. We would like to thank the KBSA for the valuable support they have provided to our business in the past and advise that the relationship will continue on an informal basis.”

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John Lewis Partnership was a corporate member of the KBSA and therefore its decision to leave the association doesn’t impact on its current number of retail members. It failed to renew its membership in August, 2014.

Chief executive of the KBSA, Graham Ball pointed out: “We have had five returning corporate members since we launched the new website, as they can all now get more involved by developing their own brand profile page on the new site, as well as having consumer brochures in the brochure warehouse facility – from which we are now getting consumer leads for both our retail and corporate members.”