At Home stores to bear the brunt of JL closures
Half of John Lewis’s store closures will be At Home stores.
The chain plans to close four At Home stores, two department stores and travel outlets at Heathrow and St Pancras.
The Croydon, Swindon, Tamworth and Newbury At Home stores – which opened between August 2010 and April 2012 will close.
The Birmingham Bullring department store - which only opened in September 2015 – and Watford department store will also close.
About 1,300 staff could lose their jobs although the group said it would try to find them new roles at Waitrose and johnlewis.com.
‘Closing a shop is always incredibly difficult and today’s announcement will come as very sad news to customers and partners. However, we believe closures are necessary to help us secure the sustainability of the partnership - and continue to meet the needs of our customers however and wherever they want to shop. Redundancies are always an absolute last resort and we will do everything we can to keep as many partners as possible within our business,’ says Sharon White, John Lewis Partnership chairman.
‘There are many reasons to be optimistic about the partnership’s future. Waitrose and John Lewis are two of the UK’s most loved and trusted brands and we have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic by responding to the new needs of customers. We will soon announce the output of our strategic review which will ensure our brands stay relevant for future generations of customers.’