M&S to close 14 more stores

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Marks & Spencer has set out plans to close a further 14 stores as part of its plan to reshape its Clothing & Home space and take at least one third of its sales online.

The retailer will now close more 100 stores in total by 2022, including 21 that have already closed.

The aim is to create fewer, better Clothing & Home stores that are larger, digitally enabled, and better located. “They will also be supported by a seamless online experience across all digital channels including mobile and social, and by a conveniently located network of Food stores that offer customers a next-day collect in store service for Clothing & Home purchases,” it said.

Last month, M&S revealed plans to close its Hardwick distribution centre near Warrington as part of a series of changes designed to create a single tier Clothing & Home logistics network.

Sacha Berendji, retail, operations and property director, said: “Closing stores isn’t easy but it is vital for the future of M&S. Where we have closed stores, we are seeing an encouraging number of customers moving to nearby stores and enjoying shopping with us in a better environment, which is why we’re continuing to transform our estate with pace.”

The next 14 Clothing & Home stores that will close or are proposed for closure are:

Bayswater

Fleetwood Outlet

Newton Abbot Outlet

Clacton

Holloway Road

Darlington

East Kilbride

Falkirk

Kettering

Newmarket

New Mersey Speke

Northampton

Stockton

Walsall

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