Marks and Spencer closures – which M&S stores are closing and how many job losses will there be?

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Marks and Spencer closures – which M&S stores are closing and how many job losses will there be?



MARKS & Spencer has announced another round of closures as the retailer continues to restructure its business.
The struggling upmarket chain had already announced that it would close 110 stores by 2022 as part of a radical restructuring plan first announced in 2016.
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But now we know that a further 10 clothing and homeware stores will shut while 25 food stores will also close.
M&S hasn’t told us how many staff might be affected but it says it will try to redeploy people to other stores where possible.
As of May 2019, M&S’ total store numbers stood at 1,043 –  including 275 clothing stores, 34 outlets, and 734 food shops.
Here’s all you need to know about the closures…
Which M&S clothes stores are going to close?
These are the 35 clothing stores that have closed between November 2016 and March 31 2019 – although do note that while six of the stores shut down these were relocated to other locations within the same area:

Andover
Basildon
Birkenhead
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Clacton
Covent Garden
Crewe [Relocation]
Darlington
Dover
Durham
Edgware Broadwalk
Falkirk
Falmouth
Fareham
Fforestfach
Greenock [Relocation]
Keighley
Kettering
Kirkcaldy
New Mersey Speke [Will change to a food-only store]
Newmarket
Newry [Relocation]
Northampton
Portsmouth
Putney
Redditch
Slough
St Helens [Relocation]
Stafford [Relocation]
Stockport
Stockton
Walsall
Warrington
Wokingham [Relocation]

And these are the 13 clothing stores that have closed between April 1 2019 and May 22 2019:

Ashford
Bedford
Boston
Buxton
Cwmbran
Deal
Felixstowe
Huddersfield
Hull
Luton Arndale
Newark
Rotherham
Weston Super Mare

M&S says a further 72 clothing stores are ring-fenced for closure by April 2024 although it’s not yet announced which branches this will be.
The only planned closure we know about is Barrow in Cumbria, which will be replaced with a new store in nearby Ulvertson.
Which M&S food stores are closing?
M&S announced on May 22 that 25 food stores will close or relocate by April 2024 but the retailer is yet to reveal which food branches are affected.
The retailer says it is focusing on shutting or relocating its smaller, low volume stores.
It will, however, be opening 75 new larger food stores but again we don’t know where these will be.
But M&S has confirmed the closure of the following food stores in July 2018 and early 2019 – it says these were separate from its restructuring programme:

Which M&S outlet stores are closing?
The following outlet stores were also shut in 2018 and 2019 but M&S says these weren’t part of the restructuring programme and adds that it doesn’t have any plans to get rid of any other outlet shops:

Fleetwood Outlet
Newton Abbot Outlet
Junction One Antrim Outlet

Why are M&S stores closing?
In November 2016, the high street chain said that it had marked 100 low-performing stores for closure or change.
In April 2017 the first six stores were announced for closure, and as part of the changes M&S has also downsized a number of stores.
In May 2018, M&S then announced that it was accelerating its plans with over 100 clothes stores due to close by 2022.
By May 2019, M&S revised its plans to 120 clothing store closures by April 2024. It says 48 clothing stores have been closed ore relocated until this date.
It also added 25 food stores to the firing line, saying they face being axed or relocated.
On May 22 2019 M&S posted a plunge in full-year profits, the third straight decline, with sales across its clothing arm and food halls falling as a sweeping overhaul takes its toll.
The high street bellwether posted underlying pre-tax profits of £523.2million for the year to March 30, down from £580.9 million the previous year.
A spokesperson for M&S told The Sun Online: “We have been clear about our plans to accelerate our store closure and the action we must take to build a business with sustainable, profitable growth.”
The retail giant is said to be focusing on more successful parts of its business such as food and moving away from areas such as clothing and homeware.
There are plans to make one third of the business online in future.
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Sacha Berendji, director of retail at Marks & Spencer said axing stores “isn’t easy”.
He said: “We are making good progress with our plans to reshape our store estate to be more relevant to our customers and support our online growth plans.
“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.”
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