Troubled retailer M&S has announced today and named that 17 stores are to close, a consultation process is to commence involving 1,045 staff. M&S five-year plan will see more than 100 store closures by 2022, last week they posted a 2.2 per cent fall in their Christmas sales.
To date 30 stores have closed across the UK as the retailer is focusing to move a third of their clothing and homes sales online and is planning fewer stores in busier locations.
Director Sacha Berendji said, “We’re continuing to transform M&S with pace and as part of this we are making good progress with our plans to close over 100 stores radically reshaping our store estate to become more relevant for our customers.
“Proposing to close stores is never easy, for our colleagues, customers or the local community, but it is vital for the future of M&S. Where we have closed stores, we are continuing to see an encouraging number of customers choosing other nearby locations and shopping on M&S.com.”
The proposed stores to close are:
Junction One Antrim Outlet
Weston Super Mare