Uk’s John Lewis To Launch Loyalty Card With Free Tea And Cake

UK unveils next round of construction

The work will expand the building by 40 percent, adding a 500-seat auditorium, 20 classrooms, study rooms, a special events hall and an atrium in a new main entrance. Work is expected to be finished in the spring of 2016. The flurry of construction work at UK follows legislative action this year that authorized building projects at public universities across Kentucky. The selling points were that the projects will be paid for by the universities without any state money and will create thousands of construction jobs. “Today’s project demonstrates that our faith in you, and your confidence in the incredible support you’ve been able to tap into, were both well founded,” Beshear told UK officials at Friday’s event. “This project will enable the Gatton College to grow not just in size but more importantly, in quality.” The business school project is part of a sweeping construction program at UK that is putting up new residence halls along with plans for a new science building and renovations to the school’s football stadium. Projects underway or approved to start in coming months total about $540 million, UK President Eli Capilouto said. “When I arrived two years ago, it was clear that an otherwise vibrant campus was hindered by … tired facilities,” he said. The most expansive project is in student housing. UK has entered into an agreement with private developer Education Realty Trust with the goal of eventually building new dorms with a combined 9,000 beds at a cost of $500 million. The first new dorms opened this fall with about 600 beds combined, and more dorms are under construction now that will provide about 4,000 beds in the coming two years. As part of the agreement, the private developer will operate and maintain the buildings under long-term leases. Meanwhile, UK is planning to build a $100 million science building on campus.

Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly LONDON | Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:16pm BST LONDON (Reuters) – John Lewis, Britain’s biggest department store group, will this month launch a customer reward card, seeking to encourage loyalty and gather more data on its shoppers in exchange for benefits such as free tea and cake. The 149-year-old firm, whose worker co-ownership business model has been lauded by Prime Minister David Cameron, has traditionally been seen as a bellwether retailer but has been outperforming the wider retail market for about three years. Loyalty cards, pioneered by Tesco’s Clubcard two decades ago, are widespread throughout Britain’s retail sector as they allow store groups to garner information on shoppers’ likes and dislikes. But unlike schemes run by many other chains, the “my John Lewis” card will tailor rewards to customers’ interests, rather than points-based discounts in store. John Lewis has a longstanding price promise that it is “never knowingly undersold”. From October 30 customers will be able to use the cards in John Lewis’s 39 UK shops and online. Customer rewards will include free tea and cake in John Lewis’s restaurants each month, entry into regular prize draws every time they shop, invitations to exclusive local events, previews and other personalised incentives. “We consciously decided not to develop a scheme based on collecting points, and instead offer more immediate rewards, previews and events,” said Chris Bates, head of customer marketing. The John Lewis Partnership also owns upmarket grocer Waitrose. The “my John Lewis” launch follows the success of Waitrose’s “my Waitrose” loyalty card, launched in 2011, which, amongst other benefits, allows holders a daily free tea or coffee. (Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Mark Potter)