John Lewis to close 8 stores

Eight stores to close; 1,465 jobs ‘at risk’.

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I’m surprised they closing the one in Peterborough they only just spent loads of money doing it all up

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Yeah, I was surprised that the one in York was to close. It only opened in 2014 where it occupies a prime spot among Next and M&S.

I can’t see there being a big rush to take one a unit of that size.

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The one in Basingstoke only opened here 5 years ago and is shared with Waitrose so was surprised it’s closing.

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It’s undeniably sad, but High Street shopping will never be the same again. When we come out of the current set of Covid restrictions, I’m not entirely sure that Joe Public will ever spend their money in the same way as before at the High Street. I’ve just purchased a brand new upright fridge freezer from a famous name online electrical retailer. No visit to a shop involved. It’s being delivered today, 2 days after ordering.

I like John Lewis. Last year, my Wife and I bought a brand new superkingsize divan base from them at a really good price, much lower than what it is currently advertised for. All done online, delivered, albeit some 3 months after ordering, during the absolute height of the pandemic.

I absolutely feel for those employees who will lose their jobs, it’s horrible, but brought on entirely because the pandemic has literally forced everyone to look at how they obtain their goods.

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I don’t live near, but I’ve visited that John Lewis a few times. It always felt so underdeveloped (I guess that’s something to do with it being one of those strange ‘At Home’ JL stores) and a bit like a (pretty quiet) department of the very popular Waitrose that was attached, rather than its own store. So I can’t say I’m surprised that it’s being shut - plus there’s a big one in Reading for people to use instead I guess.

The two reasons I continue to buy from them are their free 2 year guarantee on electronics (I’ve claimed multiple times in the second year of the guarantee period for Apple products, and had I have bought them direct through Apple I wouldn’t have been able to do so due to Apple Stores only having a 1 year guarantee) and their price match which has saved me a fair amount on tech before.

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I’ve had an iPad which developed a fault replaced at about 18 months in the past by Apple. The only disappointment was that they wouldn’t let me pay to upgrade the storage, it had to be like for like.

In fact, you can claim under consumer law up to six years after purchase, and I guess that this was what happened in my case.

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I’ve been to Apple for repairs outside of the first year manufacturer’s warranty (but within the 6 year consumer law timeframe) twice before and both times they charged me for repair.

The following seems to suggest that the consumer law protection is fairly useless outside of the first six months anyway…

And it certainly wouldn’t cover wear-related damage like battery degradation (which you can still claim under within the two year John Lewis warranty if battery health falls below 80% - brilliant for AirPods since their little rechargeable batteries are only designed to last around a couple of years anyway, so you can basically get a new pair and squeeze four years of use out of a single purchase).

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I think it was fairly obvious in my case that the fault existed at the time of purchase. It wouldn’t switch from portrait to landscape.

Good to know :+1:

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I wonder where this leaves the Sheffield redevelopment programme. The HSBC building is up, but John Lewis and Debenhams were all in the plans as far as I remember - now gone

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One has to wonder whether it’s worth investing in town centres at all. Traipsing aroung shops has now become my worst nightmare. Some town centres have become unbelievably bloody depressing. Internet shopping has just about killed the High Street.

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It was Scottish Widows pushing for a return on their investment that was partly behind the Sheffield plans.

But yeah, big landowners are going to have taken a huge hit in city centres with little prospect of climbing back out any time soon. Then, if your regeneration plans also fold without flagship stores… The outlook is bleak. It could be an opportunity to resocialise city centres, but I don’t see the political will for that

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A lot of redevelopment in the city has been slowed my John Lewis’ non committal attitude to the city and any redevelopment. As such, they are not part of the ongoing HOTCII redevelopments.

If anything while it is sad that John Lewis is leaving the city (Well, apart from the Waitrose) it opens up the Barker’s pool area for further more exciting redevelopments. Same with the Debenhams building, they were both eyesores and now hopefully they’ll get developed.

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They’ll have to find something higher end to get serious money in the centre. The new market is a flop in terms of attracting money on the South side (which was the stated aim - probably always a bit of a white lie). They just moved the crappy shops and same low-end market traders over from the Castle (think Poundland, Primark, et al).

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I don’t know Sheffield but I would imagine weathering the loss of both a John Lewis and a Debenhams in quick succession is going to be hard.

They may be able to replan things better like you suggest, but it is going to be difficult to attract people in.

I visited Sheffield recently and I was surprised by how genuinely lovely the architecture was, plus the Winter Garden was pretty cool. But I could definitely feel the need for some serious investment. Funnily enough I went into the John Lewis, and it’s got to be the grimmest JL I’ve ever visited, so I can’t say I’m surprised it’s being done away with all together! The big shiny HSBC office next to it took me by surprise though, I know their UK HQ is in Birmingham, so what’s that building used for?

I saw that bit of town as well after wondering around the historic bit - no offence to anyone from Sheffield, but it reminded me of Harlow.

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This is the new market, I think you’re thinking of Castle Market which is in a bit of a run down area, although there is some regeneration happening there. Incidentally, the old castle market has a really trendy food hall space in the bottom which is really nice.

Although tbf I can see how the older bit at the bottom of the moor kinda looks like Harlow.

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Just had a look around on Street View and yes that’s the bit I’m thinking of. Although the bits of The Moore that have been done up (like the shopping centre in your photo) do look very smart, so hopefully they can give the entire street a face lift.

I never walked beyond the Cathedral from the centre so I haven’t seen that area in person, but I can see what you mean from the photos - those are some rather ugly buildings!

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