Marks and Spencer to close 110 stores – will your local store be closing down?

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Marks and Spencer has announced its plans to close 110 of its stores – which includes 85 full stores, and 25 Simply Food outlets, according to The Mirror. It comes after the retail giant shut 35 of its stores earlier this year. Marks and Spencer chief executive Steve Rowe told the publication: “We are deep into the first phase of our transformation programme and continue to make good progress restoring the basics and fixing many of the legacy issues we face. M&S is changing faster than at any time in my career – substantial changes across the business to our processes, ranges and operations and this has constrained this year’s performance, particularly in Clothing & Home.

“However, we remain on track with our transformation and are now well on the road to making M&S special again.

“Whilst there are green shoots, we have not been consistent in our delivery in a number of areas of the business.”

It’s not currently clear as to which stores will be affected.

Express.co.uk has contacted Marks and Spencer asking for more information on this matter.

Some people commented on the news on Twitter.

@PeterjVernon wrote: “Sad to see this having used to work for M&S 25 years ago, lovely place to work for #marksandspencer.”

Which stores have already closed?

M&S closed 35 of its clothing stores, ahead of the end of March this year.

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

Newmarket

Newry [Relocation]

Northampton

Portsmouth

Putney

Redditch

Slough

St Helens [Relocation]

Stafford [Relocation]

Stockport

Stockton

Walsall

Warrington

Wokingham [Relocation]

Back in February, Marks and Spencer announced they had teamed up with online grocery shopping company Ocado.

M&S will replace fellow luxury supermarket Waitrose in the join-deal.

Steve Rowe said at the time: “I have always believed that M&S Food could and should be online.

“Our investment in a fully aligned joint venture with Ocado accelerates our food strategy as it enables us to take our food online in an immediately profitable, scalable and sustainable way.”

Yesterday, 22 eateries in Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire were closed, after the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Limited entered administration.

The appointed administrators from KMPG released a full list of the affected restaurants. Three locations remain open.

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