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Campaign launches to open a John Lewis branch to replace BHS in The Liberty

PUBLISHED: 12:16 26 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:23 26 August 2016

A branch of John Lewis in London, as the boss of department store warned that the plunge in sterling could become a problem for the chain. Picture: Dominic Lipinksi

A branch of John Lewis in London, as the boss of department store warned that the plunge in sterling could become a problem for the chain. Picture: Dominic Lipinksi

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A campaign has been launched to replace BHS in The Liberty with a branch of John Lewis

The shopping centre store is one of the final seven London stores to close in the UK as the retailer brings down the curtain on its 88 years of trading.

BHS collapsed earlier this year with a £571m pension deficit leaving 11,000 jobs at risk.

But Aaron Cardwell, 23, of Gidea Park, has set up a Facebook page and a petition calling for the soon-to-be empty shop space to be taken over by a branch of the department store John Lewis.

He said: “Romford town centre plays host to an increasing number of low cost stores, such as B&M, as well as £1 stores or 99p stores and I believe that, whilst these stores do add value to our community, too many of these low cost stores can be detrimental to the amount of visitors our town gets.

“I feel as though a store like John Lewis would make full use of the unit available to them, whilst providing long term job security for local people as well as an increased volume of shoppers into The Liberty shopping centre and the area as a whole.”

Despite a spokesman for the company confirming that there are no plans to open in Romford, Aaron remains hopeful.

He said: “Romford is a fantastic place to live, work and shop.

“The town is currently undergoing regeneration work, and with Crossrail soon to be delivered to the area, now is a fantastic time to invest in our town.”

Visit the Turn BHS Romford into a John Lewis Facebook page or sign the petition at http://chn.ge/2blkHq3

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