John Lewis will cut 325 department managers throughout 28 of its 40 stores, as most of the retailer’s sales growth is online.
This it thought to be the largest John Lewis job losses since 2009, when 700 in-store call centre workers were made redundant.
The department managers have been given four weeks to put forward their views before a 90-day constitution in March.
The cuts are part of the firm’s Retail Revolution plan and the fact that the retailer is seeing most of its sales growth online rather than in its physical stores is said to be a major factor of the decision.
“As part of our plans for future growth, we are proposing to streamline management structures in some of our established shops,” said John Lewis.
“What we are doing is anticipating how the retail market is changing and ensuring our shop model is competitive for the long term. Otherwise, we will end up in a position that some of our competitors are reflecting.”
The news may come as a shock to some people, as John Lewis was one of the strongest performers over the Christmas period.