Marks & Spencer has announced a list of 17 more stores that will close in coming months and the Bangor food and clothing store is safe, at least for the time being.
The retail giant is shutting 100 of its stores by 2022.
The locations of the 17 stores announced on Tuesday are:
- Ashford, Kent
- Luton Arndale
- Sutton Coldfield
M&S said its “radical transformation” plan aims to tackle years of falling sales and profits, and has now confirmed the locations of 55 of the 100 stores that will close. The cull began two years ago when the chief executive, Steve Rowe, said he would slash the amount of shopfloor space devoted to M&S’s clothing ranges as sales continue to fall.
The retailer’s decision to leave more UK towns and cities will be a blow for local residents at a time when high streets are already struggling with fewer customers and the shift to online shopping.
Sacha Berendji, M&S’s retail, operations and property director, said “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 30 stores that have already closed are: Andover, Basildon, Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bridlington, Clacton, Covent Garden, Crewe (relocation), Darlington, Dover, Durham, Falkirk, Fareham, Fforestfach, Greenock (relocation), Keighley, Kettering, New Mersey Speke Shopping Park, Newmarket, Newry (relocation), Northampton, Portsmouth, Putney, Redditch, Slough, Stockport, Stockton, Walsall, Warrington and Wokingham.
The eight stores that have previously been announced as set to close are: East Kilbride, Edgware Broadwalk, Falmouth, Holloway Road, Kirkcaldy, Llandudno (relocation), St Helens (relocation) and Wigan (Food hall opening at Robin Retail Park).