Liverpool independent department store Lewis’s is to close in June after 154 years of trading with the loss of more than 200 jobs.
Lewis’s landlord Merepark said it wanted to close the store so that the building could be developed as part of a hotel and retail complex. Staff at the store were told the news yesterday.
Lewis’s has been trading on Liverpool’s Ranelagh Street since 1856. It used to be part of Sir Philip Green’s Owen Owen department store group which collapsed in to administration in May 2007.
David Thompson, managing director of Vergo Retail, which runs Lewis’s and other department stores including Robbs of Hexham, Joplings of Sunderland and Derrys of Plymouth, said: “We would like to thank the generations of Liverpool people who have shopped with us over the years. Sadly these will be our final weeks.”
The closing down programme will begin immediately. The retailer has £5m of stock to liquidate. It will also sell all of its fixtures and fittings.