Newton will meet M&S on Monday to try to save store

Commenting on the news that M&S proposes to close its store in Falmouth, Sarah Newton, the local MP and now junior government minister said: “I am very concerned about this news and the impact it will have on its many staff as well as the town centre.

I have asked to meet representatives from the company as soon as possible – on Monday.

I will ask them to reconsider the proposals and, if they go ahead with the closure, what action they will take to minimise the impact.

From speaking to local people I know that many residents would like M&S to consider moving to another, smaller premises within the town focusing on aspect of the business such as food sales. I will be raising this possibility with the company with the aim of keeping jobs and investment in the town.”

Truro & Falmouth MP Sarah Newton

This week, the Falmouth store was named as one of the outlets proposed for closure as part of a transformation plan by M&S.

A M&S statement read “Six stores will close by the end of April: Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach, Putney and Redditch, with all colleagues moving to nearby stores.

A further eight stores are proposed for closure: Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton (Outlet), Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport. 468 colleagues are affected by the proposals and will now enter a period of consultation. Should these stores close, in the first instance all colleagues would be redeployed or offered redeployment at other stores before redundancy is considered”.


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Sacha Berendji, Director of Retail at Marks & Spencer said, “We’re committed to transforming M&S for our customers, colleagues and shareholders. Stores will always be an integral part of our customer experience, alongside M&, but we have to ensure we have the right offer in the right locations.

“We don’t want any colleagues to leave M&S and we will work with each colleague individually on what is best for them as we endeavour to give everyone a role. However, we accept in some cases we may have to consider redundancy.

“We believe these changes are vital for the future of M&S and we will continue to accelerate the programme, taking tough but necessary decisions, as we focus on making M&S special.”

M&S currently has 1,025 stores in the UK: 302 Clothing, Home and Food, 684 Food-only and 39 Outlets.

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