John Lewis to close its Peterborough store

Retail giant John Lewis has announced it is to close its Peterborough store.

By Paul Grinnell
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 1:58 pm

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.

John Lewis Queensgate. EMN-191125-184947009

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.