I am disappointed to learn of the announcement today from John Lewis that they will not be re-opening the Tamworth store. When the rumours that the store might close began to circulate I wrote to John Lewis to asked them to clarify this story but also to meet with me and my team to discuss Tamworth’s concerns. I am afraid they did not take up my offer, and have not replied to my letter.
It is frustrating to see the company not engage with local people when the jobs and livelihoods of Tamworth residents could see substantial change. I understand John Lewis have put in place a two year retraining program, and a fund for the community however I would much rather have seen that money put into evolving the store into a better and more viable business model. I understand that the financial outlook is uncertain at the moment, Coronavirus has touched all of our lives, be it medically, socially or economically and sometimes difficult decisions have to be made. While we are not the only store to close in the country, with the Birmingham Bullring store due to close too, John Lewis are still welcome to meet me and my team and I hope they will as I am keen to discuss this further. I will also be raising this with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP.
As ever, I am here to support the constituents of Tamworth and the villages, so if you are a Tamworth John Lewis employee and you need help in the next steps please do not hesitate to contact me on Christopher.email@example.com.