More store closures for M&S

Marks & Spencer has announced a further tranche of store closures, as it attempts to reduce by a quarter the amount of physical space it dedicates to Clothing & Home departments.

Stores at Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach, Putney and Redditch are to close at the end of April, with staff moving to other local stores. A further eight stores have been earmarked for closure, with a consultation period set to start. These stores are in Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton, Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport.

The retailer has also cut back plans to open new Simply Food stores; a total of 36 new owned and franchised stores are now scheduled to open over the next six months. The stores will offer collection points for Clothing & Home ranges.

“We’re committed to transforming M&S for our customers, colleagues and shareholders. Stores will always be an integral part of our customer experience, alongside M&, but we have to ensure we have the right offer in the right locations,” says M&S director of retail Sacha Berendji.  “We believe these changes are vital for the future of M&S and we will continue to accelerate the programme, taking tough but necessary decisions, as we focus on making M&S special.”

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