The move comes as the brand continues to look for ways to further cut costs as the retail climate continues to battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Although John Lewis has not yet confirmed the exact number of stores that will be affected, it is thought that the brand’s bigger and older sites are more at risk of closure. According to sources, the brand may look to close a number of stores, but relocate these to nearby smaller properties in some cases.

John Lewis previously confirmed that eight stores would be closed, in a move that would see 1,300 jobs put at risk. Following this announcement, travel stores at Heathrow and St Pancras closed, along with four At Home shops located in Croydon, Newbury, Swindon and Tamworth and two department store locations in Birmingham and Watford.

In another cost cutting initiative, John Lewis announced last November that the group would be cutting around 1,500 job roles at its head office as part of its Partnership Plan, a move which is expected to save the firm around £50M by April of this year.