Posted by Gareth Icke Posted on 2 July 2020

John Lewis among retailers planning to cut jobs

Department store owner John Lewis is planning to cut jobs and stores in an effort to slash costs.

The firm said it had come to terms with the fact it has too much store space.

It comes as luxury department store Harrods and Topshop owner Arcadia said they planned to cut as many as 1,180 jobs between them.

John Lewis’ plans were first shared with staff at the company, which is owned by its employees. The number of stores and jobs has yet to be decided.

Cuts could also include the smaller of its two head office buildings in London.

“The reality is that we have too much store space for the way people want to shop now and we have shared this with our Partners,” the company said in a statement.

“As difficult as it is, it is highly unlikely we will reopen all our John Lewis stores. However no decision has been made and any details would be shared with Partners first by the middle of July.”

‘Heavy heart’

The company is unlikely to pay its workers a bonus next year, it added. 

The news was first reported by the Evening Standard, which obtained a copy of the memo to staff. 

It follows a warning from the company in March that it could close shops, as a plunge in profits forced it to cut staff bonuses to their lowest level in almost 70 years.

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