"Money grabbing b******s" - furious foul mouthed graffiti daubed on Sheffield's closing John Lewis store

Cleaners were spotted scouring foul mouthed graffiti off Sheffield’s John Lewis storefront in a visible sign of locals’ strong feelings towards the closure of the historic retailer.

Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 6:00 am
Cleaners wipe off a sweary message left in graffiti on John Lewis storefront.
Cleaners wipe off a sweary message left in graffiti on John Lewis storefront.

The graffiti, which read “money grabbing b******s”, was scrawled on an advertisement board placed at the shut department store in Barkers Pool asking locals to still shop online with John Lewis now that it has closed for good.

Many residents have voiced opposition to the retailer’s decision to close the Sheffield store, which was made in March and confirmed earlier this week.

A boycott of John Lewis online and Waitrose, also owned by John Lewis, has been undertaken by some locals who feel that the closure was unfair and detrimental to the city.

Lynn Shore, who lives in Sheffield city centre, said outside the store yesterday: “I have bought TVs, settees, jewellery and bags from John Lewis. Since they closed I haven’t bought anything online.”

A change.org petition to keep the store open gained over 24,000 signatures.

Sarah Groombridge, who signed an online petition to keep the store open, said: “It is our flagship store and its closure will have a devastating impact of the regeneration of the city centre.”

Martha Noble, who also signed, added: “It is the worst decision John Lewis has ever made.”

The store was an iconic part of Sheffield City Centre, existing as Cole Brothers since 1847 until it was renamed John Lewis in 2002.

The closure has affected 299 staff jobs and will leave Atkinsons as the last department store in the city centre after Debenhams closed its remaining stores on May 15.

John Lewis has been approached for comment on the graffiti.