STAFF at the Knight & Lee store in Southsea had a cash windfall when they were handed their annual bonus.
Staff working for the John Lewis partnership, which owns Knight & Lee, were given 18 per cent of their salary as a bonus.
John Lewis bucked the retail trend last year, and Knight & Lee in Southsea had a record trading year in 2010.
And that was reflected in yesterday’s bonus, which is three per cent more than staff received in 2010.
Knight & Lee store manager John Smith said: ‘It was really good to get it and it was a real reward at Knight & Lee for a lot of dedicated hard work over the year. To come in a year of challenging economic conditions was really, really good.
‘We had a record year last year, across all three of our sectors: clothing, technology and home.
‘We also stayed permanently open on Sundays, which we haven’t done before, and that added to our success.’
John Lewis is a co-owned business and distributes profit to its partners – its employees – rather than to shareholders.
Every member of staff, from the chairman to shop floor staff, receive the same percentage.
Mark Venables, managing director of Knight & Lee, said: ‘Sales at Knight & Lee have continued to grow and another record year shows how well even the smallest John Lewis shop can perform.
‘Our Southsea shop has also proved a popular destination for our Click and Collect service, with many customers visiting our shop for the first time having purchased their products from johnlewis.com.’