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Marks & Spencer plans closure of 14 more UK stores

RBR Staff Writer Published 01 February 2018

Marks & Spencer (M&S) plans to close up to 14 unprofitable stores as part of a restructuring program, affecting 468 jobs.

The British retailer said itwill close stores in Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach, Putney and Redditch in April this year.

Additional eight stores proposed for closure are located in Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton (Outlet), Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport.

The company said the 468 staff entering consultation will be offered redeployment at other stores before redundancy is considered.

The store closures are part of M&S’ plan to cut 25% of the space dedicated to its clothing and home products.  

Marks & Spencer retail director Sacha Berendji said: “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&S.com, but we have to ensure we have the right offer in the right locations.

“We don’t want any colleagues to leave M&S and we will work with each colleague individually on what is best for them as we endeavour to give everyone a role. However, we accept in some cases we may have to consider redundancy.”

The company stated that it reassessed and reduced its Simply Food opening programme and now plans to open only 36 owned and franchise stores in the next six months.

These stores will be located in Broadstone, Streatham Hill and St Albans and will sell M&S food and drink and will offer Collect-in Store for Clothing & Home. These 36 stores will create 1200 jobs in management and customer assistant roles.

Recently, the company stated that it will cease operations at its Neasden distribution center in London and transfer the work to other sites in its network. The site is operated by XPO Logistics and transport operations offered by DHL.

With this news, 380 employees of XPO and DHL, who work at the site, have entered into a period of consultation.

Image: M&S to close down 14 more stores. Photo: Courtesy of Marks and Spencer plc.