History
The Lewis Group's origins date back to 1934 when the Lewis store was opened in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Key Milestone
2010's

  • 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.
2000's

  • 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).
1980's and 1990's

  • 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.
1960's and 1970's

  • 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.
1950's

  • 1957: The group has 55 stores trading under Barons Furnishers, Excelsior Meubels, Lewis and Universal Stores, a credit clothing chain.
1940's

  • 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.
1930's

  • 1936: The name changes to M Lewis and Company.
  • 1934: Meyer Lewis buys Woodstock Auction Mart in Cape Town.