John Lewis to close four department stores and four At Home stores

John Lewis is to close four of its department stores and four of its At Home stores as it adapts to a lack of footfall and increased online shopping.

The employee-owned chain could see the loss of 1,465 jobs.

The department stores in Aberdeen, Peterborough, Sheffield and York will not re-open while the At Home stores in Ashford, Basingstoke, Chester and Tunbridge Wells will remain closed. 

‘Given the significant shift to online shopping in recent years – and our belief that this trend will not materially reverse – we do not think the performance of these eight stores can be substantially improved. We expect 60% to 70% of John Lewis sales to be made online in the future. Nearly 50% of our customers now use a combination of both store and online when making a purchase,’ it says.

The closures is the second round of downsizing, after closing eight department stores eight months ago.

The chain says it remaining 36 branches will begin re-opening on 12 April, with Glasgow opening on 26 April and Edinburgh on 14 May.

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