Marks and Spencer is set to permanently close at least one more store after the summer as part of its plans to reduce the “full line” shops.
The supermarket wants to reduce its clothing and home stores across the country from 247 to 180, so a total of 67 branches will be affected.
At the time of writing, one more closure has been confirmed to take place after the summer or early autumn: the full line shop located in Wrexham, Wales.
The news comes after at least six M&S shops closed their door in spring, including one in England and one in Wales in May 2023.
The retailer announced that at the same time, some new M&S food stores will be opening across the country this year.
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Marks and Spencer announced 20 new stores will be opening this year. A spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We recently announced that we are investing £480million in bigger, better stores across the UK.
“Our store rotation and investment programme is about making sure we have the right stores, in the right place, with the right space.
“Whilst our store rotation programme involves closing some stores, it also means relocating and opening new stores in locations across the country.
“In this coming year alone, we are opening 20 new stores across the UK, including brand new M&S stores in Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Thurrock and Purley.”
The food giant also announced “new M&S Foodhalls in locations such as Stockport, Wrexham, Barnsley and Largs”.
One of the new openings is the brand new store in Leeds White Rose, which opened on May 25 and features a stylish new Clothing department design, making it the first store in the North of England with the retailer’s new-look store layout.