Magnificent news – John Lewis in city centres can only be good news for high street st retail in general. Clearly competition will increase but so will footfall, giving people more reasons to go into the key city centres. Manchester for example can only get better with a JL at its heart. It gives Manchester shoppers a reason to go into the city as well as the Trafford Centre and will fill the voids left by the sad demise of other retailers. As for smaller formats that will be interesting. What will be sacrificed? The natural place start would be to remove large ticket items and focus on fashion & beauty. Will they change the shopper journey or the POS strategy? We’ll have to wait till the unveil Exeter to find out. Can’t wait! SB.