John Lewis to close eight more stores with 1,465 jobs at risk

John Lewis has announced eight further department stores will close permanently after the Covid-19 lockdown ends, with 1,465 jobs at risk.

Four At Home stores in Ashford, Basingstoke, Chester and Tunbridge Wells and four department stores in Aberdeen, Peterborough, Sheffield and York will close.

The John Lewis Partnership, which is struggling against a rapid shift in shopping habits during the pandemic, said its remaining 34 John Lewis shops in England will reopen from 12 April subject to government guidance. Its Glasgow store will open on 26 April and Edinburgh on 14 May.

The latest round of closures comes eight months after John Lewis shuttered another eight stores and cut around 1,300 jobs.

Sharon White, who leads the partnership, launched a radical overhaul last year including cost cuts and a proposed move into property development.

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