John Lewis may close 8 stores, cut 1300 jobs

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British department store chain John Lewis said on Thursday that eight of its stores would not reopen after the pandemic, including two major stores in Birmingham and Watford, leading to the likely loss of 1,300 jobs.

The other stores to close include two small hubs at Heathrow Airport and St Pancras railway station, and four At Home shops.

“We believe closures are necessary to help us secure the sustainability of the partnership – and continue to meetthe needs of our customers however and wherever they want to shop,” said Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

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