Online petition launched to try and save Peterborough’s John Lewis

An online petition has been launched to try and save Peterborough’s John Lewis store.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:59 pm

Within 24 hours of the announcement the Queensgate store would be closing, the petition has already attracted hundreds of signatures, as residents have shown their disappointment with the news.

Nearly 400 jobs are on the line as a result of the decision, and many residents have spoken out about how the move will affect the high street in Peterborough city centre.

The petition was set up by Emily Wagstaffe, who described the decision to close the store as ‘ludicrous’. She said: “Firstly my thoughts go out to friends and employees of John Lewis across the country after the terrible news of more store closures today.

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“Having undergone a £21million refurbishment, how can a CEO justify closing the store? It’s so shortsighted. The environmental and financial impact of the refurbishment, coupled with the environmental, economic, and social impact of the store now being closed is simply unfathomable.

“People have been prevented from leaving home to shop for the best part of 12 months. They have had no option other than to shop online. Covid has taught us lots, but one thing we’ve all learned is never to take social interactions for granted. People need the High Street more than ever to reignite their relationships with friends, families, colleagues and loved ones.

“I am not sure this petition will have any impact but surely give the store and its employees, the locals, the loyal customers, a chance to walk back through the doors, to show their support and ensure they still have shops on the High Street to visit.

“In a world where mental health is on the rise, we all need safe places to go. John Lewis Peterborough was the heart and soul of the city. So much more than a shopping experience for many.

“Although I have shopped more online in the last 12 months, nothing beats mooching around a store, meeting a friend, trying on a new dress or rushing for the Christmas sales. An in-store experience is not replicated with online shopping. “Perhaps there might be a chance, with enough interest, to make Sharon White rethink these ludicrous decisions.”