Marks & Spencer has revealed the next 17 shops proposed for closure across the UK as part of plans to reshape its store estate, impacting more than 1,000 members of staff.
The 17 stores earmarked for closure are Ashford, Barrow, Bedford, Boston, Buxton, Cwmbran, Deal, Felixstowe, Huddersfield, Hull, Junction One Antrim Outlet, Luton Arndale, Newark, Northwich, Rotherham, Sutton Coldfield and Weston Super Mare.
The closures will impact 1,045 employees. M&S said it is in a period of consultation with these members of staff and has the intention of keeping as many people as possible.
In November, Marks & Spencer chief executive Steve Rowe said “more than 100 stores” will close as the retailer forges ahead with its turnaround plan. A total of 30 stores have already closed and a further eight have been previously announced for closure.
To date 1,891 colleagues have been impacted by the programme, with more than 80% (1,591) redeployed to other roles within the business.
Sacha Berendji, retail, operations and property director at M&S said: “We’re continuing to transform M&S with pace and as part of this we are making good progress with our plans to close over 100 stores - radically reshaping our store estate to become more relevant for our customers. Proposing to close stores is never easy, for our colleagues, customers or the local community, but it is vital for the future of M&S. Where we have closed stores, we are continuing to see an encouraging number of customers choosing other nearby locations and shopping on M&S.com.”