Britain’s John Lewis to shut down eight stores with layoffs of around 1,300 jobs
LONDON (UK) – British department store chain John Lewis announced on Thursday that eight of its stores would not reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, including two major stores in Birmingham and Watford. This would lead to a likely loss of 1,300 jobs.
The other stores to be shut down include two small hubs at Heathrow Airport and St Pancras railway station, and four At Home shops.
Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said, “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.”
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