// Almost 10,000 people sign a petition to save John Lewis store in Peterborough
// Last week, John Lewis Partnership announced plans to not reopen 8 John Lewis stores when lockdown is eased
// The remaining 34 John Lewis stores will reopen from April 12
Nearly 10,000 people have signed an online petition to save the John Lewis store in Peterborough, after the chain recently announced store closures.
Last week, John Lewis said the department store in Queensgate would not be reopening after lockdown is lifted.
Over 9000 people have now signed a petition in an effort to save the store, as John Lewis continues to shut stores to save cash.
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People signing the page have said there are a number of reasons to keep the store open.
Members of staff at the store have also signed it.
Last week, John Lewis Partnership, which also owns Waitrose, announced plans to not reopen eight John Lewis stores when lockdown on non-essential retail is lifted this month.
Consultations with 1465 staff affected by the proposals have commenced and the partnership said it would “make every effort to find alternative roles” in the business for as many staff as possible.
The eight John Lewis stores identified for closure include four smaller At Home shops in Ashford, Basingstoke, Chester and Tunbridge Wells plus four full-size department stores in Aberdeen, Peterborough, Sheffield and York.
The partnership added that the eight shops earmarked for closure were financially challenged prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and that it does not believe their respective trading performances could be improved.
The remaining 34 John Lewis stores will reopen from April 12 subject to government guidance, with the exception of Glasgow, which will reopen from April 26, and Edinburgh, which will reopen on May 14.