Jul 9, 2020

John Lewis to close flagship stores

John Lewis is to close eight of its 50 stores as part of its response to Covid-19, including flagship outlets in Birmingham and Watford, in a move that puts 1,300 jobs at risk. John Lewis said in a statement on Thursday that the closures were intended "To secure the business's long-term future and respond to customers' shopping needs". "Closing a shop is always incredibly difficult," said Sharon White, chair of John Lewis. The Watford closure is another blow to the Intu shopping centre, given that rival department store chain, Debenhams, had already announced that its store there would close despite being expensively refitted last year and showcased to investors and the media as a blueprint for the future. John Lewis's vast store at the Westfield complex in White City, another recent development, will reopen on July 30, along with stores in Aberdeen, Ashford, Brent Cross, Chichester, Oxford, Peterborough, Sheffield and Reading.

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