Marks & Spencer to close numerous stores with jobs at risk

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Marks & Spencer has announced more store closes putting a number of jobs at risk

Marks & Spencer will reduce the number of stores across the country as part of a “transformation plan” with hundreds of jobs set to be impacted.

The retailer will close three stores in the North West, plus sites in Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach, Putney and Redditch, with the retailer saying employees would be offered redeployment at other branches.

The news comes after M&S revealed it would close its London distribution centre, which was announced earlier this month.

Sacha Berendji, director of retail at Marks & Spencer, said: “We’re committed to transforming M&S for our customers, colleagues and shareholders. Stores will always be an integral part of our customer experience, alongside M&S.com, but we have to ensure we have the right offer in the right locations.

“We believe these changes are vital for the future of M&S and we will continue to accelerate the programme, taking tough but necessary decisions, as we focus on making M&S special.”

Marks & Spencer hopes to reposition about 25% of its clothing and home space through a combination of closures, downsizes, relocations and conversions to food-only sites.

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