The retailer plans to initially open just under a quarter of its stores as part of a phased approach, with stringent safety and social distancing measures in place.
Its department stores Poole and Kingston will be the first to reopen on June 15, followed by 11 others on June 18, branches being selected mainly because of their accessibility by car.
It is not yet known when the John Lewis store in Cribbs Causeway will open.
Interviewed by Bristol Live, a spokesperson for John Lewis said, “Based on the response of customers and partners to our new ways of social distancing, more stores will open throughout the summer. “
Security measures in place
John Lewis said his preparations were “informed” by social distancing in his Waitrose supermarkets, which traded throughout the pandemic.
He said it would reduce the number of store entrances and limit the number of people who can shop at the same time as part of new security measures.
The company, which operates in 50 stores across the UK, said in a statement: “We are preparing to reopen our John Lewis stores, informed by what we have learned from the social distancing measures taken by the partnership at Waitrose.
“Our plan allows us to open our stores on a gradual basis, to allow us to test the changes we are making and to guarantee the best and safest customer and partner experience.
“The safety of our customers and partners will govern everything we do and we are ready to readjust our plan and make changes as we go along to make sure we get it right and continue to follow evolving government directives . “
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The stores that will reopen first:
Department stores Poole and Kingston to reopen for the first time on June 15
Then, on May 18, branches in Bluewater, Cambridge, Cheadle, Cheltenham, High Wycombe, Horsham, Ipswich, Norwich, Nottingham, Solihull and Welwyn will join them.
Each store will undertake a reopening preparation program four weeks before reopening.
This includes inventory counting, replenishment, system preparation, merchandising, deep cleaning, introduction of social distancing measures, training and final pre-opening checks.