John Lewis unveils biggest ever job cuts
More than 770 staff have been given the opportunity to apply for 386 roles, although the majority of those affected are expected to leave.
The latest round of cuts is the greatest number of redundancies since 2009, when the company slashed 700 in-store call centres positions.
More than 40% of the company’s Christmas sales were online. The changes will affect 32 of its 48 stores.
John Lewis said chef redundancies are part of a strategy that will see the company’s cafes serve ready-to-eat meals delivered by external suppliers, rather than having food prepared on the spot.
It also plans to streamline administrative jobs in Didsbury, Greater Manchester.
Dino Rocos, John Lewis operations director, said: “These proposals will allow us to modernise our business as it adapts to the changing needs of our customers and the role that shops play in their lives.”