Marks & Spencer’s stores at Northwich’s Barons Quay and in Barrow are among the 17 outlets due to be axed under the retailer’s latest store closure plans.
The Marks & Spencer store sits in a prominent position opposite the town’s Asda, and sits within Barons Quay, Cheshire West & Cheshire’s flagship £71m retail scheme in the centre of Northwich.
Along with Barons Quay’s M&S, the retailer also announced plans to shut its outlet in Barrow as part of wide move which will see 100 stores shut in the coming months.
The retailer said it would enter a period of consultation with affected employees, and will look to retain as many as possible. It is understood the closure of the Northwich store could impact 60 staff, while a similar number could be impacted at Barrow.
As part of the plans to cut stores, a number of outlets have already closed in the North West. These include sites at Speke Shopping Park, Birkenhead, Stockport, and Warrington.
Other stores, including those at Llandudno and St Helens, will relocate.
The other stores to close are: Ashford, Bedford, Boston, Buxton, Cwmbran, Deal, Felixstowe, Huddersfield, Hull, Junction One Antrim Outlet, Luton Arndale, Newark, Rotheram, Sutton Coldfield, and Weston Super Mare.
Sacha Berendji, retail, operations and property director at Marks & Spencer, said: “We’re continuing to transform M& S with pace and as part of this we are making good progress with our plans to close over 100 stores – radically reshaping our store estate to become more relevant for our customers.
“Proposing to close stores is never easy, for our colleagues, customers or the local community, but it is vital for the future of M&S. Where we have closed stores, we are continuing to see an encouraging number of customers choosing other nearby locations and shopping on M&S.com.”