Department store chain John Lewis is considering closing another eight of its remaining 42 stores around the UK.

This comes via the Sunday Times, which reported that Dame Sharon White, chairwoman of the John Lewis Partnership (JLP), is considering the move.

There is no news yet as to which stores are at risk, with the JLP still working on finalising closure plans.

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This comes after a difficult 2020 for the retailer. In early July it announced the closure of eight stores with 1,300 job losses.

Then in September JLP revealed that its usual bonus scheme would be cut in 2020 – the first time this had occurred since 1953.

Finally, November saw another round of job losses as the JLP cut 1,500 head office jobs.

The company will be hoping for news of a fast return for non-essential retail today in the Prime Minister’s ‘roadmap’ plan, as it hopes to fill the void left by former rival Debenhams.

Just last month, Debenhams was sold to Boohoo, signalling the end of its high street presence as the company goes online-only.

Read more below about the last batch of stores John Lewis closed due to the pandemic:

John Lewis shutters eight stores as virus accelerates its move towards online