Messages and hearts put up outside John Lewis in Sheffield when the store was closing. Picture: Chris Etchells
Messages and hearts put up outside John Lewis in Sheffield when the store was closing. Picture: Chris Etchells

John Lewis: Looking back on much-missed Sheffield store Cole Brothers in pictures

When shops had to close during the pandemic on March 23, 2020, staff at John Lewis in Sheffield little realised their store would never reopen.

By Julia Armstrong
Wednesday, 23rd March 2022, 10:13 pm

The bad news of its closure was announced by the company one year later, bringing to an end a piece of Sheffield history that went back to 1847, when Cole Brothers opened their first store on Fargate.

Usually, March was a happy time when staff, who are called partners as they have a share in the business, found out what their bonus would be.

The store has always been called Cole Brothers or just Coles by generations of Sheffielders. Here we look back on just a small part of that history in pictures, dating from the point when Coles moved from Fargate to Barker’s Pool.

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