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.”
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&S.com, 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.