Thousands sign petition to try and save Peterborough’s John Lewis store

Thousands of people have signed a petition to try and save Peterborough’s John Lewis store.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:03 pm

The announcement the Queensgate branch of the department store chain would not re-open after lockdown was met with disappointment from many city residents, many of whom had shopped at the store for a number of years.

More than 300 jobs are also on the line as a result of the announcement, which was made on Wednesday.

However, an online petition was set up by Emily Wagstaff in an attempt to try and rescue the store.

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John Lewis at Queensgate EMN-210324-141206009
John Lewis at Queensgate EMN-210324-141206009

Since it was started more than 5,000 people have added their signature to the cause, with the number continuing to rise.

On the petition site, Emily said: “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.”