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John Lewis to axe eight shops with 1,500 jobs at risk – see the full list of closures


JOHN Lewis plans to permanently shut eight more shops with 1,465 jobs at risk.

It comes after the retailer posted a £517million loss for last year due to the coronavirus crisis.

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John Lewis plans to permanently shut eight more shops with 1,465 jobs at risk

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John Lewis plans to permanently shut eight more shops with 1,465 jobs at riskCredit: Alamy

The eight shops set to close are located in cities and towns including Ashford, Peterborough and York – you can check out the full list below.

John Lewis’ remaining 34 shops in England will then reopen from April 12, subject to government guidance.

While its Glasgow store will open on April 26 and the Edinburgh one on May 14.

The announcement came eight months after John Lewis closed another eight stores, in a move which cut around 1,300 jobs.

Which John Lewis will not reopen after lockdown?

JOHN Lewis has announced eight more shops will permanently close, these are located in:

At Home stores:

  • Ashford
  • Basingstoke
  • Chester
  • Tunbridge Wells

Department stores:

  • Aberdeen
  • Peterborough
  • Sheffield
  • York

The John Lewis Partnership, which also includes Waitrose, said it’ll enter a consultation with the 1,465 workers at risk of losing their jobs.

It added that it’ll aim to to find alternative roles within the group for as many staff members as possible.

John Lewis has been buoyed by soaring online sales in recent months but these were not sufficient to offset its decline in store sales as it tumbled to a £517 million pre-tax loss for the year to January.

It was the first loss in the group’s history dating back to 1864.

John Lewis has had to remain closed for browsing during various lockdowns in the past year, as it is classed as a non-essential business.

It first temporarily shut all John Lewis shops in March last year due to the Covid crisis – the first time in its 155-year history.

Earlier this month, John Lewis Partnership scrapped its staff bonus too, stating it had been a “very difficult decision” keeping the cash.

It said it expects its financials to get worse over the current financial year as it continues its shake-up and warned staff they are not expected to receive a bonus until 2022-23.

Last year, the company announced separate plans to axe around 1,500 head office jobs to help cut costs.

The move was intended to help the business save around £50million as part of wider plans to reduce total costs by £300million.

It marks the latest blow to the Covid-battered high street, after industry experts warned last year that the pandemic had been the the “worst time ever for retail” .

Retail leaders estimate that one in five high street stores plan to close permanently, and shops have axed tens of thousands of jobs during the crisis in the struggle for survival.

A number of high street giants have also collapsed during the pandemic, including Debenhams, which officially entered administration in April last year.

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