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List emerges of M&S stores thought to be ‘at risk’ of closure

A list of the Marks & Spencer clothing and home stores most at risk of closure has been published by retail analysts Local Data Company (LDC).

M&S said last week it will close 30 of its full-line stores in the UK over the next five years. Another 45 will be converted into branches of M&S Simply Food or downsized. It expects to have 60 fewer clothing and home stores over that time, once openings are taken into account. 

LDC has identified a list of stores deemed to be the most vulnerable. A spokeswoman from M&S emphasised that the list is not from them and it does not mean the stores are part of the official closure programme.

LDC said M&S is likely to pull out of some town centre locations after opening stores on nearby retail parks with lots of parking. “There are 35 towns and cities that have more than two M&S stores either on the high street, in a shopping centre or on the edge of town in a retail park,” LDC director Matthew Hopkinson told The Daily Mail.

“If one removes the large urban centres such as London, Glasgow and other cities, there are 22 towns where one might question the need for two stores. Examples include Milton Keynes, Bournemouth, Durham, Fareham, Stockton-on-Tees, Swindon and Chichester.”

The M&S spokeswoman said: “We are very disappointed that anyone would choose to speculate in this way. This list is not based on any M&S data and we have not published any locations.

“What we have done is outlined plans to improve our store estate over the next five years which include opening 200 new food stores and selling clothing and home from 60 fewer stores.”

The full LDC list is as follows:

1. Aberdeen

2. Ayr

3. Banbury

4. Barrow-in-Furness

5. Basildon

6. Birmingham

7. Blackburn

8. Blackpool

9. Bolton

10. Boston

11. Bournemouth

12. Brentwood

13. Bridlington

14. Brierley Hill

15. Bristol

16. Buxton

17. Carlisle

18. Chichester

19. Coventry

20. Darlington

21. Dundee

22. Durham

23. Fareham

24. Hereford

25. Hull

26. Kettering

27. King’s Lynn

28. Leamington Spa

29. Leeds

30. Leicester

31. Liverpool

32. Macclesfield

33. Maidstone

34. Manchester

35. Mansfield

36. Milton Keynes

37. Newcastle Upon Tyne

38. Northwich

39. Nottingham

40. Peterborough

41. Preston

42. Rochdale

43. Sheffield

44. Southampton

45. St Albans

46. Stockton-on-Tees

47. Stoke

48. Swansea

49. Swindon

50. Sunderland

51. Tunbridge Wells

52. Warrington

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