Stockport Council has said that it is “extremely disappointed” to learn that following efforts to keep the retailer’s Merseyway store open, Marks & Spencer has decided to proceed with the planned closure.
At the end of January, M&S announced that it intended to close its store at the Pyramids shopping centre in Birkenhead, and that Stockport and the outlet store at Crown Point North Denton were under review.
Cllr Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “We are very disappointed that despite having worked with Marks & Spencer on a number of options to keep their store open, they have decided to go ahead with the closure of their Stockport store.
“We will now continue to work with them to ensure all affected staff are supported and to learn more about their plans for their building.” The council is the landlord for the store, having acquired Merseyway several years ago.
Tameside Council has not had confirmation of Denton’s closure. A council spokesman said: “We’re very disappointed about this proposed closure and would hope, if it does happen, that all staff will be redeployed within other local M&S stores.”
Uncertainty remains over the future of Rochdale’s Marks & Spencer. The embattled retailer last year rowed back on its plans for the town, where it had signed up to relocate to a 50,000 sq ft anchor store at Rochdale Riverside. However, in November it said it would instead continue to trade from its existing Yorkshire Street store.
A council spokesman today told Place North West: “There’s nothing further to say at the moment – discussions are ongoing and there is a signed contract. We’re still hopeful they will occupy the store.”