1000 jobs at risk as Marks & Spencer announces store closures

Ken Mulholland who lives in St Michael’s used to work for M&S

"Over the coming weeks our priority will be supporting each colleague individually as we go through the consultation process".

MARKS and Spencer has announced it plans to close its store in Weston-super-Mare.

Sacha Berendji, property director at Marks & Spencer, 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".

"Alongside our food offering, customers visiting these locations can shop for clothing and home products in store or through our click and collect service".

Paula Varley, M&S head of region for East Midlands, said: "Proposing to close our Boston store has not been an easy decision to make".

Calum Telford, M&S head of region for East Anglia, said: "Proposing to close M&S Felixstowe is a very hard decision".

Like many bricks and mortar traders, M&S had a disappointing Christmas period.

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M&S faces greater competition from online retailers such as Boo Hoo, the owner of Nasty Gal and Pretty Little Thing, which saw revenue rise 44% to £328.2m in the four months to 31 December.

In November 2016 M&S announced a five-year United Kingdom store estate rationalisation programme.

Since then a number of announcements have been made.

In November 2016 M&S announced a five-year United Kingdom store estate programme to improve the quality of its Clothing & Home space for customers.

The company wants to move a third of its sales online and plans to have fewer stores in better locations.

The local store announced on Tuesday was - Junction One Antrim Outlet.

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