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LEWIS GROUP

Last update 1 month ago

Industry Furniture & Facilities (28)
Cape Town, South Africa
Workforce 5,001 - 10,000 employees Listed on JSE-South Africa Symbol LEW

+27 21 460 4400 | +27 80 022 8444

Email info@lewisgroup.co.za Website


Lewis Group is a leading retailer of household furniture and electrical appliances through its three trading brands: Lewis, Beares, and Best Home and Electric.

The group has 760 stores across all metropolitan areas and has a strong presence in rural South Africa, as well as an expanding footprint outside the country.

Lewis is now the country’s largest furniture chain with 526 stores and is a household name in furniture retailing.
Best Home and Electric was established in 2008 and sells home appliances as well as furniture ranges.

Beares, a well established brand with a history dating back 80 years, was acquired by the group in 2014. The chain has been expanded to 107 stores.

Lewis and Best Home and Electric target customers in the fast growing middle to lower income markets in the living standards measurement (LSM) 4 to 7 categories. Beares attracts customers in higher LSM markets where the group has traditionally had limited exposure.

Credit is offred to customers across all the brands and the group has a credit customer base of close to 670 000.
Credit sales accounted for 64.3% of total sales in the reporting period.

Monarch Insurance, the group’s short-term insurance subsidiary, provides insurance cover to customers
purchasing merchandise on credit.

History

The Lewis Group’s origins date back to 1934 when the Lewis store was opened in Woodstock, Cape Town.

  • 2016: Store base reaches 780 stores. Acquired 56 stores in neighboring countries.
  • 2015: Store base reaches 716 stores
  • 2014: Acquisition of Beares (63 stores)
  • 2012: Store base reaches 600 stores
  • 2011: Store base reaches 582. Exceeds R1 billion in operating profit.
  • 2010: My Home launched - Lifestyle Living chain closed and stores converted to My Home.
  • 2008: Best Electric expanded to include furniture lines and rebranded Best Home and Electric.
  • 2007: Store base reaches 500.
  • 2004: Listed on the JSE under the General Retailers Sector at R28 per share.
  • 2003: Acquisition of Lifestyle Living (18 stores).
  • 1998: Best Electric chain launched to sell branded electrical merchandise.
  • 1997: 130 Dan Hands stores rebranded to Lewis.
  • 1994: Monarch Insurance is established.
  • 1980 - 1990: Group grows by 100 stores + expansion to Lesotho.
  • 1973: Store base reaches 227.
  • 1972: A furniture chain of about 50 stores is acquired from Edgars and the chain is rebranded as Dan Hands. Universal Stores is sold to Edgars.
  • 1969 - 1972: Opening of stores in Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland.
  • 1957: The group has 55 stores trading under Barons Furnishers, Excelsior Meubels, Lewis and Universal Stores, a credit clothing chain.
  • 1947: UK-based retailer GUS plc acquired controlling interest in Lewis Stores Limited - company subsequently delisted.
  • 1946: Listed on JSE on 30 October as Lewis Stores Limited to raise capital for expanding the business.
  • 1936: The name changes to M Lewis and Company.
  • 1934: Meyer Lewis buys Woodstock Auction Mart in Cape Town.
BOARD

J... E...

Chief Executive Officer
Effective 8 years ago
LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Chief Executive Officer
Effective 8 years ago

Chief Operating Officer
2007 - 2009
General Manager, Operations
2005 - 2007
Executive Director
2009 - Unknown

D... M...

Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 13 years ago
LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 13 years ago


TRENCOR
South Africa - Freight, Shipping & Logistics
Chairman
Effective 1 year ago

Appointed to the board 25 years ago

Independent Non-Executive Director
1995 - Unknown

CLICKS GROUP
South Africa - Health & Medical
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Effective 20 years ago


DISTELL GROUP
South Africa - Beverages & Wines
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Unknown - 2016
Independent Non-Executive Director
2000 - 2016

THE FOSCHINI GROUP
TFG
South Africa - Retail | Fashion & Cosmetics
Chairman
2009 - 2015
Deputy Chairman
Unknown - 2009
Independent Non-Executive Director
1990 - Unknown

SUN INTERNATIONAL
South Africa - Hotels & Hospitality
Non-Executive Director
2002 - 2012

ASPEN PHARMACARE HOLDINGS
South Africa - Health & Medical
Director
2001 - 2011

TELKOM BUSINESS CONNEXION
BCX
South Africa - Technology & IT
Vice Chairman
2006 - 2009
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
Unknown - 2006
Non-Executive Director
2002 - 2006
Acting Chairman
2002 - Unknown

RANDGOLD & EXPLORATION COMPANY
South Africa - Mining & Minerals
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
2005 - 2008

PICK N PAY STORES
South Africa - Retail | Consumer Goods
Non-Executive Director
1999 - 2008

PICK N PAY HOLDINGS
South Africa - Retail | Consumer Goods
Lead Independent Non-Executive Director
1999 - 2008
40 relationships

F... A...

Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 12 years ago
LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 12 years ago


KAPELA INVESTMENTS HOLDINGS
South Africa - Investment Holdings
Non-Executive Director
Ongoing


THE FOSCHINI GROUP
TFG
South Africa - Retail | Fashion & Cosmetics
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 14 years ago


CLICKS GROUP
South Africa - Health & Medical
Independent Non-Executive Director
Effective 9 years ago


VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT
South Africa - Property & Real Estate
Non-Executive Chairman
2003 - 2004

TRANSNET
South Africa - Freight, Shipping & Logistics
Non-Executive Director
2001 - 2004
55 relationships

H... S...

Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 13 years ago
TRUWORTHS INTERNATIONAL
South Africa - Retail | Fashion & Cosmetics
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Effective 13 years ago

Appointed to the board 14 years ago

Independent Non-Executive Director
2003 - Unknown

MAZARS SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa - Audit & Consulting
Executive Chairman
Effective 10 years ago


LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 13 years ago


BALWIN PROPERTIES
South Africa - Property & Real Estate
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Ongoing

62 relationships

A... S...

Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 8 years ago

B... J...

Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 13 years ago
EMIRA PROPERTY FUND
South Africa - Property & Real Estate
Non-Executive Chairman
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 14 years ago


FIRSTRAND
South Africa - Financial Services
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 19 years ago


LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 13 years ago


NASPERS
South Africa - Media & Communications
Non-Executive Director
Ongoing


MMI HOLDINGS
South Africa - Investment Holdings
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 7 years ago


WESBANK
South Africa - Finance | Banking
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Ongoing


DISTELL GROUP
South Africa - Beverages & Wines
Independent Non-Executive Director
Left 1 month ago

Appointed to the board 9 years ago


PICK N PAY STORES
South Africa - Retail | Consumer Goods
Independent Non-Executive Director
2000 - 2015

INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT TRUST
IDT
South Africa - Building & Civil Engineering
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
1995 - 1998

MOMENTUM RETAIL
South Africa - Financial Services
Non-Executive Director
1998 - Unknown
171 relationships

A... B...

Non-Executive Director
Ongoing

Appointed to the board 5 months ago

J... B...

Chief Financial Officer Designate
Effective 5 months ago
LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Chief Financial Officer Designate
Effective 5 months ago

General Manager, Administration
2012 - 2017

L... A...

Chief Financial Officer
Effective 10 years ago, and will leave on march 2018
LEWIS GROUP
South Africa - Furniture & Facilities
Chief Financial Officer
Effective 10 years ago, and will leave on march 2018

Executive Director
2007 - Unknown
Executive, Finance
1989 - Unknown
MANAGEMENT

C... M...

General Manager, Legal Services
Effective 2 years ago

N... V...

Insurance Manager
Effective 1 year ago

D... L...

Merchandising Director
Ongoing

R... O...

Credit Director
Ongoing

A... S...

General Manager, Lewis Stores
Ongoing

G... N...

Marketing Manager
Ongoing

F... F...

General Manager, Property
Ongoing

J... M...

General Manager, Lewis Stores
Ongoing

J... S...

General Manager, Best Home And Electric
Ongoing

J... B...

General Manager, Administration And Chief Risk Officer
Ongoing

M... M...

Company Secretary
Ongoing

V... V...

Chief Audit Executive
Ongoing

M... M...

General Manager, Finance
Ongoing

G... A...

General Manager, Information Technology
Effective 4 years ago

L... F...

General Manager, Credit
Effective 5 years ago

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