John Lewis to close its Peterborough store
Retail giant John Lewis has announced it is to close its Peterborough store.
It is understood that the 318 staff at the department store were told of the closure plans at just after 10am today.
The retailer has begun a consultation with staff about the proposed closure but says the store will not reopen after lockdown when non essential stores are allowed to resume trading.
The closure will be a major blow to Queensgate, where the store, which has recently underwent a £21 million revamp, occupies four storeys and from where it has operated for 39 years.
The closure may also throw into doubt a multi-million pound cinema led extension to the Queensgate centre.
It is understood the Peterborough store is one of eight earmarked for closure and announced today.