By Gary Anderson

January 31 - Managing director John Lewis Glasgow, Kim Lowe along with Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg announcing the retailer's partnership with the Commonwealth Games ©Glasgow 2014Retailer John Lewis has been named as the official department store for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The partnership will see the retailer provide bedding and white goods for the Athletes' Village.

The deal will also provide fans with the opportunity to obtain tickets for selected events at the Games through the "my John Lewis" customer programme.

"The John Lewis brand is synonymous with strong values and great quality, making it a great fit within the Glasgow 2014 sponsor family," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.

"With the support of such an excellent household name in the official department store provider category, Glasgow 2014 will continue to build towards success in what will be a truly memorable year."

John Lewis was also a partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The retailer claimed its sales of London 2012 official merchandise exceeded expectations by 25 per cent, while sales of its own-brand celebratory range, "Celebration of Britain", were 44 per cent higher than expectations.

"We've been supporting Glasgow 2014 since the bid stage, and are delighted to continue our support by becoming the official department store provider of the Commonwealth Games," said retail director at John Lewis, Andrew Murphy.

"There was so much excitement around the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, and I think Glasgow 2014 will build on this to create a true legacy for our Partners [John Lewis staff], Scotland and the wider UK.

"We want our shops to be a central part of the celebrations: not only with the merchandise we will sell, but through some of the great events we've got planned for customers and partners alike."

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