John Lewis Partnership have announced they are to close all 50 shops temporarily from Monday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Group said it was a difficult decision to make and will continue to operate as normal alongside Waitrose.
However, customers can still have John Lewis orders delivered to their home or from click & Collecct at a Waitrose store.
A statement from the company said, “The food halls within John Lewis Oxford Street and Waitrose shops which share premises with John Lewis space at Kingston, Ipswich, Stratford, Horsham, Basingstoke and Canary Wharf will remain open, along with all other Waitrose branches and Waitrose.com grocery deliveries.
Chairman Sharon White said, “The welfare of our customers, communities and Partners is always our absolute priority. While it is with a heavy heart that we temporarily close our John Lewis shops, our Partners will, where possible, be taking on important roles in supporting their fellow Partners, providing critical services in Waitrose shops and ensuring our customers can get what they need through johnlewis.com, which is seeing extremely strong demand.
“The Partnership has traded for over 155-years, during which time we have faced many difficult periods, including two world wars and the 2008 financial crisis.
“On every occasion, thanks to our customers and Partners, and the long-standing relationships with our suppliers and stakeholders, we have emerged stronger.
“We all need to continue to support each other and our strength and resilience will be tested. But they will not be broken.
“I also want to give my personal thanks to every single Partner for their extraordinary efforts, I am truly grateful. And to the wider community for pulling together with us during such unprecedented times.”
In order to provide essential items for everyone Sainsbury’s are working with their suppliers to get “even more stock of essential items and we are adding warehouse capacity on a daily basis.”