Fight for the right to sleep over
AFTER last week’s appeal to keep the Argos catalogue, this column would like to continue on the campaign trail by highlighting a disservice being done to Scotland by John Lewis.
The store that can usually do no wrong has opened a flat in its flagship Oxford Street store where customers can stay overnight, trying out the furniture and goodies, from flat screen TVs to a fancy bean-tocup coffee maker. There is even a concierge to serve champagne and nibbles. You will, of course, be able to buy after you try.
“We want our customers to discover an altogether different way of shopping,” said John Lewis. There are plans to offer similar experiences in Liverpool and Cambridge, but no mention of Scotland.
You may wonder if Scots customers want to spend any more time in John Lewis than they already do. I once spent so long looking at a sofa that I was served with a council tax demand from Glasgow City Council (couldn’t afford the sofa after that, so moved on), but having the option would be nice. Get on it, Holyrood.