Department store giant John Lewis and sister business Waitrose plan to cut around 1,000 jobs in stores, its parent company has confirmed.
The John Lewis Partnership has told staff it is proposing around 1,000 redundancies across its department stores and Waitrose supermarkets.
The company said the shake-up will take place as part of a simplification of store management.
It comes after a raft of recent job cuts, which included the closure of eight John Lewis stores earlier this year, in a bid to secure £300 million in savings by 2023.
The proposed job losses come on top of the 1,500 jobs cut when the company confirmed it would not reopen eight of its stores when lockdown eased, in moves to “rebalance” its store estate “to reflect how customers want to shop”.
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The company currently operates 331 Waitrose stores and 34 John Lewis shops across the UK.
JLP added that it will support employees who wish to stay in the business in finding new roles and will seek to minimise compulsory redundancies through voluntary redundancy and severance options.
A John Lewis Partnership spokesperson said: ‘’We have announced to our partners our intention to simplify our management structures in Waitrose and John Lewis stores, which will allow us to reinvest in what matters most to our customers.’’