Lewis’s, the 154-year-old department store in Liverpool, will close in June with the loss of 200 jobs.
Devastated staff were told the news yesterday after the landlord Merepark said the store needed to close for it to be developed into a hotel and retail complex.
Managing director of Virgo Retail, which runs the store, David Thompson 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 start straight away, the retailer has £5m of stock to liquidate. It will also sell all of its fixtures and fittings.