Waving goodbye to a way of life
The drapery and furnishing departments of John Barnes closed their doors to the public on the 17th January 1981. This completed the demise of the entire department store, on the cards since the opening of Brent Cross in 1976. It was a sad day indeed for many, to whom John Barnes had not just been a department store but a way of life and a livelihood. 253 Partners passed on to pastures new, taking with them a bundle of a happy memories had in their unique branch.
The Food Department becomes Waitrose
But the Partnership’s flirt with Finchley Road was by no means over. For the food department was entirely taken over by Waitrose. The entire premises were to open as a Waitrose on the 2nd February 1981. Instead of operating out of the basement, the Waitrose would operate from the first floor. The basement was turned into a car-park. The opening of Waitrose John Barnes has proven to be an adept move, as the store continues to trade strongly to this day. Any customer visiting the store now are reminded of the special place that John Barnes holds in the Partnership’s history by a poignant wall of script in the shop.