The John Lewis Partnership is planning to create 35,000 jobs in the next 10 years as part of its ambitious growth plan.
The retail giant, which also owns upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose, hopes to double the size of its business by 2017 and is planning to open another 10 department stores.
The partnership’s development director, Mark Price, said: “We have agreed our commitment to double the sales of the partnership over the next 10 years.
“We want to make more profit for partners, which means making sure that our operations, in terms of systems, processes and procedures, are as efficient as possible.”
The growth strategy would see the group boost its total workforce to 100,000 from 65,000 by 2017, and profits rise from £6bn to £12bn.