John Lewis is set to enter a partnership with the upmarket grocer Booths and launch its click-and-collect service in its stores.
As part of the department store’s drive to expand into areas of the UK where it has little presence, the pair launched the trial this week.
Customers who place an order with John Lewis before 8pm will now be able to collect or return their order from Booths stores in Garstang, Ilkley, Settle, St Annes and Salford after 2pm the following day.
Booths is often referred to as the “Waitrose of the North” and trades from around 30 stores in the north west of England.
In the year to March 31, Booths saw turnover dip 1.9 per cent to £258 million leading to a gross profit drop of 4.1 per cent to £22.9 per cent.
Despite this, the retailer managed to significantly reduce is pre-tax losses after a worrying performance last year, seeing losses of £5.53 million compared to £13.5 million a year prior.