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Warrington Council Call For 'Urgent Discussions' with M&S After Store Closure Announcement

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 6:11pm

Marks & Spencer have announced that they are to close their store in Warrington

The Golden Square outlet will shut it's doors for the final time in June along with 5 other stores elsewhere in the country.

The company insists the 380 staff that'll be impacted including those in Warrington will be guaranteed redeployment in near-by outlets.

The retailer says it's part of a five-year plan that's aimed at better meeting the "changing needs of customers".

Reacting to the news Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Terry O’Neill said

“It is regrettable that one of the key establishments in our retail sector is taking this decision. We are very disappointed in the decision and we will be seeking urgent discussions with the Marks and Spencer management, to see if all or part of the store can be retained for the benefit of Warrington people.

“It is really important that we impress upon the decision makers our ambitious plans for Warrington, which are progressing at a rapid pace. We are investing over £100m in the retail heart of our town and taking steps to repopulate our town centre, as part of our New City plans. This work will create a vibrant, welcoming, diverse and friendly town centre, for generations to come. Marks and Spencer should be part of that and that’s why we believe their decision to close, at the start of this renaissance, is the wrong one.

“We will also be checking the planning documents in relation to the Marks and Spencer store at Gemini retail park and any conditions which were attached to that regarding the town centre store.”

 

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