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Published on May 27th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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John Lewis announces shop reopening plan

John Lewis will begin reopening its stores as part of a gradual approach from Monday 15 June, starting with its Poole and Kingston department stores, followed by 11 others on Thursday 18 June.

Depending on the response from customers and Partners to the new ways of operating with respect to social distancing, more shops will open throughout the summer, the retailer said today.

The decision follows the Government’s guidance earlier this week on easing restrictions for non-essential retailers. 

John Lewis temporarily closed its 50 department stores on 23 March. The closure was the first in the business’s 155-year history. johnlewis.com, however, continued to operate successfully and has experienced a significant uplift in sales.

The company today said it has learned from the social distancing measures taken in its Waitrose shops, and initially plans to open just under a quarter of its department stores as part of a steady, gradual approach with rigorous safety and social distancing measures in place. Branches selected to open have been chosen primarily because of their accessibility by car.

Sharon White, Partner & Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “Our shops reopening is a sign of hope as we begin to find our new normal. There’s an opportunity now for us to come back stronger as a business and offer the safety and reassurance that customers will want.” 

Branches opening in the first stage from Monday 15 June are Kingston and Poole, and from Thursday 18 June, Bluewater, Cambridge, Cheadle, Cheltenham, High Wycombe, Horsham, Ipswich, Norwich, Nottingham, Solihull and Welwyn.

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