John Lewis has been unveiled as the 'Official Department Store Provider' of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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

Glasgow 2014 merchandise is also available to buy on now, and, later in the year, dedicated Glasgow 2014 shops will open within John Lewis's Scottish shops, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The partnership with Glasgow 2014 also continues John Lewis's commitment to providing unique experiences for customers. Selected "my John Lewis" customers will have the chance to obtain tickets to Commonwealth Games events.

Shona Robison, minister for sport and Commonwealth Games, said: "I am pleased to welcome John Lewis to the Games family, one of a growing number of Games sponsors committed to delivering the best ever Commonwealth Games. By showcasing Glasgow 2014 merchandise, John Lewis will help to build excitement and help people enjoy the Games experience."

John Lewis's sponsorship of the Games builds on the success of the department store's support of London 2012. Across the country, John Lewis's sales of London 2012 official merchandise exceeded expectations by 25%, while sales of its own-brand celebratory range, 'Celebration of Britain', were 44% higher than expectations.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, added: "I am delighted to welcome the announcement of another sponsor for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This news is all the more pleasing as John Lewis has such a strong presence in Glasgow, and will offer a great showcase for Games merchandise."