Former John Lewis Sheffield worker opens The Woman In Me lingerie shop in Crookes with redundancy money

A woman who lost her job after 20 years when John Lewis closed in Sheffield has opened a shop with her redundancy money.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 3:38 pm

Lana Barker has launched lingerie specialist The Woman In Me in Crookes after spotting a gap in the market following the loss of a string of department stores.

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She saw the empty unit on Crookes Road and decided to turn her misfortune into a new venture.

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Laura Sanderson, left, and Lana Barker at The Woman In Me in Crookes, Sheffield.

She said: “It was perfect timing, having been made redundant from John Lewis, so I funded it with my redundancy money and started liaising with suppliers.

“Sheffield has lost House of Fraser, John Lewis and Debenhams for places to buy affordable lingerie, so I am filling a gap.

“I saw the shop was available and an inquisitive glance turned into a business opportunity.”

Sheffield's Wake Smith Solicitors advised on the lease.

Laura Sanderson, of Wake Smith, said: “Lana’s redundancy has led to a great opportunity for her, and a very positive outcome.”

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