BREAKING: John Lewis store in Sheffield city centre set to close
John Lewis, located in the former Cole Brothers building in the city centre, has been an institution in Sheffield for many years, but it is now set to close, putting 299 jobs at risk.
The Sheffield store will be one of eight store closures nationally because of the ‘irreversible impact’ of the pandemic, John Lewis have said.
This comes after they said they were ‘not ruling out’ a closure after posting a £517 million loss.
The group plan to enter into consultation with the 299 affected Sheffield staff and will seek to find alternative roles in the Partnership for as many as possible.
Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said: “We appreciate this is incredibly difficult news for our Partners and the people of Sheffield.
"We are acutely aware of our long history in the City and are hugely grateful to all our customers in Sheffield for their loyalty, our Partners for their outstanding work over the years and Sheffield City Council for its continued support.
"While the shop was financially challenged prior to the pandemic, we were determined that with additional investment, we would be able to play a key role in the regeneration of the city centre.“However, the pandemic has had an irreversible impact on retail and we must make difficult decisions to ensure the Partnership is sustainable in the future.“If the proposal to close goes ahead, we have put together a package of carefully considered support to help our Partners and would look to redeploy as many Partners as possible.”
Patrick Duffy, head of branch for John Lewis Sheffield, added: “John Lewis holds a special place in my and many people’s hearts in Sheffield, as we have had a presence in the city since 1940.
"We are incredibly proud of the long and valued legacy of service we’ve held in Sheffield and thank our customers for shopping with us over many years. I also want to thank our Partners for all their hard work as we continue to support them through the consultation period.”
John Lewis home delivery will still be available to customers in Sheffield.