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M&S confirms plans to close four clothing stores

Marks & Spencer is set to close four stores that stock clothing in Portsmouth, Slough, Warrington and Wokingham, and will open two new stores in Bracknell and Rushden.

The retailer will also relocate two clothing, home and food stores this summer. The Crewe store will relocate from Market Street to the Grand Junction Retail Park and the Greenock store will move from Oak Mall to the Port Glasgow Retail Park.

The plans are part of a wider five-year programme to improve M&S’s store estate to better meet the changing needs of customers.

The retailer will open 34 new food stores in the next six months and close the Simply Food stores in Monks Cross and Worksop.

If its store closure proposals go ahead, M&S said all 380 employees affected by the six store closures will be guaranteed redeployment at a nearby store.

M&S chief executive Steve Rowe said: “Picking up food for now or tonight rather than doing one big shop or browsing and shopping online and collecting in store are great examples of this and we are committed to adapting our business so that we stay in tune with our customers.

“This means there will be more M&S colleagues working in an increased number of convenient locations, serving more customers. It also means that we will open new stores, some will reduce in size, some will move, some will close and others will convert to food-only.”

The store estate refresh programme was announced in November, when M&S said it would create 200 new food-only stores and sell clothing and home products from 60 fewer locations.

M&S currently has 959 UK stores, 304 of which are full line stores, 615 sell food only and 40 are outlets.


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