M&S to shut store doors permanently in ‘hammer blow’ to high street

MARKS and Spencer set to shut another store for good following a string of closures.
It comes after the retailer revealed that it will permanently shut ten of its stores and relocate to new sites this year.


Marks and Spencer has revealed it plans to close another storeCredit: Rex

And now another location is set to bring the shutters down permanently.
The M&S store in The Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon has been marked for closure The Sun can reveal, although a date is yet to be confirmed.
An M&S spokesperson said: “As part of this transformation, we have today announced to colleagues our proposal to close our M&S Swindon store at 81 Regent Street.
“We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for some.

“Our priority now is to talk to our colleagues about what this announcement means for them and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with M&S.”

Jim Robbin, the council leader, told local news that M&S’ proposal was a “hammer blow” to the high street.
A proposed closure means the closure is yet to be finalised.
It comes as the high street giant closed its Simply Food store in Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester and announced that its site in Weymouth, Dorset, will also shut for good.

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A date has not yet been given for the latter.
The closures are part of 67 expected over the next five years.
The high-street brand is looking to shut some of its “lower productivity, full-line stores” to cut costs.
But it isn’t all bad news, as the retailer is opening a number of new stores that will all contain clothing, homeware, cafes and food halls.

For example, shoppers disappointed about the loss of the store in Manchester city centre will be getting a brand new store in the Trafford Centre the winter.
While M&S previously announced that the Eagles Meadow Foodhall in Wrexham will close in the Autumn and be relocated to Plas Coch Retail Park.
Plus, a new store in the Liverpool One shopping centre opened this week.
New flagship M&S stores have popped up in several major UK cities this year, with more openings to come. You can see the full list below:

Purley Way – opened in April
Leeds White Rose – opened in May
Stockport – opened in June
Liverpool ONE – opened on August 15
Birmingham Bullring – Autumn 2023
Barnsley – expected Autumn 2023
Earlsfield – autumn 2023
Lakeside Thurrock – Winter 2023
Manchester Trafford Centre – Winter 2023
Largs – expected Winter 2023

The full list of M&S closures that have taken place so far this year can be seen below:

East Kilbride – closed in February
Fenchurch Street, London – March
Meadowbank Retail Park in Edinburgh – April
Castleford – April
Bolton – April
Cardiff – April
Manchester – August

The retailer plans to operate 180 full-line and 400 food halls in the next five years.
The new openings will bring investment in new stores to £480million, M&S said in May.
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