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Stop the closure of John Lewis Aberdeen

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John Lewis should drop plans to close their Aberdeen store.

John Lewis & Partners have been Aberdonians go-to department store since 1989 - bringing in people from all across the North East of Scotland to Aberdeen's City Centre. John Lewis has been an integral part of the city centre for decades, and an anchor business for the George Street area. Its closure would be a huge blow to regeneration plans for the city centre.

The news today of the closure of their store on George Street is yet another serious blow to Aberdeen's city centre economy - one, already heavily impacted by the effects of Covid-19 and pressures from the oil-downturn.

At a time when Aberdeen needs investment in our city centre, the City Council is demonstrating confidence in the city centre with plans to invest £150 million in a Masterplan Vison. We feel that this closure is a step in the wrong direction and that John Lewis should rise to that confidence in our city.

John Lewis is a co-operative business, and this decision puts the livelihoods of its 265 partners at risk.

We, therefore, ask that John Lewis & Partners reconsider their decision to close their Aberdeen Branch, which not only provides much-needed jobs in the city, but brings quality and customer service unparalleled by online shopping.