John Lewis bosses have confirmed the immediate future of the High Wycombe store.

Earlier today, it was confirmed that John Lewiss will not reopen eight of its 42 John Lewis shops after the current lockdown period ends.

The eight shops identified for closure include four ‘At Home’ shops in Ashford, Basingstoke, Chester and Tunbridge Wells and four department stores in Aberdeen, Peterborough, Sheffield and York.

This means 1465 staff are expected to be affected by the closures.

This means that the major store in Holmers Farm Way which originally opened it's doors to customers in 1988 wil reopen from April 12 subject to government guidance.

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A spokesperson for the company said: "We will enter into consultation with the 1,465 affected Partners about our proposals.

"Should we proceed, we will make every effort to find alternative roles in the Partnership for as many Partners as possible.

"At the Partnership’s full year results earlier this month, we said that we will reshape our business in response to how our customers increasingly want to shop in-store and online.

"This follows substantial research to identify and cater for new customer shopping habits in different parts of the country.

"As part of this, we can unfortunately no longer profitably sustain a large John Lewis store in some locations where we do not have enough customers, which is resulting in the proposed closures. The eight shops were financially challenged prior to the pandemic.

"Given the significant shift to online shopping in recent years - and our belief that this trend will not materially reverse - we do not think the performance of these eight stores can be substantially improved.

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"We expect 60 per cent to 70 per cent of John Lewis sales to be made online in the future. Nearly 50 per cent of our customers now use a combination of both store and online when making a purchase."

Sharon White, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, added: “Today's announcement is incredibly sad news for our affected Partners, for our customers and for the communities we’ve served over many years.

“The high street is going through its biggest change for a generation and we are changing with it. Customers will still be able to get the trusted service that we are known for - however and wherever they want to shop.”