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John Lewis looking for new tenant to take over 200,000 sq ft Abderdeen store

Camilla Rydzek
21 January 2022

John Lewis is reportedly looking for a new tenant to take over its 200,000 sq ft store in Aberdeen City Centre, Scotland.

Real estate agent Savills has been appointed to find a company to takeover the company's four storey store, which dates back to 1966. The location did not re-open following last year's lockdown in March.

Stuart Moncur, Head of National Retail at Savills, commented: “88 George Street is a substantial and highly prominent building that offers a wealth of potential. Its scale and significant profile could be considered suitable for a range of alternative uses, subject to the usual planning consents.”

The building is currently being used by the NHS as a vaccination centre, which will continue to operate throughout the sale process, Savills said.

John Lewis still operates stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow and said in a statement that customers could still use virtual services and that it had introduced hundreds of new Click and Collect locations nationwide.

Pippa Wicks, Partner & Executive Director at John Lewis and Partners commented on the store closure in a statement: "As we all know, shopping habits are changing and we are having to make difficult decisions in response to these changes. Despite the drive and determination of our Partners, some of our shops were financially challenged prior to the pandemic and unfortunately we can no longer profitably sustain our larger John Lewis stores in some locations."

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