Newark’s M&S store on list of next 17 proposed closures

Marks and Spencer has announced the next 17 stores that will close as part of its reorganisation plan.

The 17 proposed stores are part of the retailer’s five-year plan to close over 100 stores by 2022.

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These plans announced today will affect 1,045 staff.

Marks & Spencer plans to move a third of its sales to online platforms and therefore have fewer stores in better-performing locations.

The company will now consult staff and listen to any alternative suggestions from them for how to keep the stores open.

No stores will close until this process has been completed and, in a statement, the company said it had “the intention of retaining as many people as possible”.

The 17 stores which M&S proposes to close are: Ashford, Barrow, Bedford, Boston, Buxton, Cwmbran, Deal, Felixstowe, Huddersfield, Hull, Junction One Antrim Outlet, Luton Arndale, Newark, Northwich, Rotherham, Sutton Coldfield and Weston-super-Mare.