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79 jobs at risk as M&S announces plans to close Parkgate store

Marks and Spencer in Ashford is set to close Marks and Spencer in Ashford is set to close
Rhonda Young | 16 January, 2019, 17:43

Simon Layton, head of region for Marks and Spencer Northern Ireland, said: "Our commitment to ongoing food expansion in Northern Ireland will continue with the opening of a new store in Carrickfergus this summer".

The latest plans will affect 1,045 staff, who will now be involved in a consultation process.

Marks & Spencer revealed the identity of the latest stores that are earmarked for closure today, as a swathe of sites face the firing line amid a downturn for the beleaguered retailer.

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"We remain committed to serving the community from Halifax and our Huddersfield Simply Food store at Gallagher Retail Park".

A spokesman said that when similar closures had taken place, 80% of staff had stayed with the business and had accepted roles elsewhere.

As part of an accelerated store closure programme, M&S is on track to close over 100 stores.

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

Where we have closed stores, we are continuing to see an encouraging number of customers choosing other nearby locations and shopping online". "At this time our colleagues are our first priority and we'll be talking to each individually about what this means for them and making sure they're fully supported", he said. About five of these stores have been relocated...

This has included closing 30 stores so far, three of which were relocations.

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Under its plan, M&S wants to move a third of its sales online and plans to have fewer, larger clothing and homeware stores in better locations.

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