M&S reveals latest store earmarked for closure

M&S store closure
// M&S Dorchester branch to close
// The retailer aims to shut more than 100 stores by 2022
// M&S said 53 staff were affected by its latest plan

Marks & Spencer has named the location of its latest store earmarked for closure as part of its restructuring plan.

The Dorchester branch on South Street, in Dorset, is due for closure as the bellwether retailer looks to shut more than 100 stores by 2022.

The store first opened in 1936.

M&S said 53 staff would be affected and they would now be involved in a consultation process.

The retailer added that customers can still order products from online, and can visit nearby stores in Dorset, including in Weymouth and Blandford.

At least 47 M&S stores have now been shut as part of a restructure that forms part of major turnaround scheme.

In the past financial year, the retailer has closed 35 stores and opened 48, and now expects to close a further 85 shops and open 20 by 2024.

M&S has seen other changes in recent months, including in its senior management team.

Just recently, it appointed McDonald’s chief people officer Harriet Hounsell as its new human resources director.

Moreover, M&S poached Topshop fashion director Maddy Evans last week to help bolster its clothing sales, while its clothing & home managing director Jill McDonald resigned during the same week.

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  1. They’d sell more if they reduced their prices, way too expensive compared to other stores. I’ve been in their wolstanton branch and seen tops and jeans I’ve liked but the prices were way above next or other stores – expect to pay more for designer labels but not M&S – need to get real and they’ll sell more.

  2. I bought 5 dresses in the Per Una range about 10 yrs ago. They were cotton and they are still lovely. People still comment on how lovely they look.
    Wish I could buy similar to replace them but your latest dresses are just not at all flattering.

  3. M + S need to get their act together. New designer. More modern designs + lower prices. I rarely purchase anything nowadays.

  4. Used to buy all clothes at marks now rarely. Bought a tee shirt for £8 :50 the other week. Looked fine. Wore it one day and by the end of the day it looked like a rag. Not impressed. Do hope they get their act together.

  5. Too many pairs of trousers, not enough skirts and dresses. I don’t wear trousers! Skirts are either too long or too short for 5’2”. Disappointed most of the time. A new buyer is needed, with more variation.

  6. After many decades they have closed M&S in Weston super Mare. Probably was the most visited store in the town and a great loss to our high street. Did they express any thanks to their many customers? Not a word of appreciation or regret. It was there one day closed the next with all signage removed as if it had never been. Courtesy would demand this small but VERY important gesture in my opinion.. Badly done M&S
    I just feel I don’t want to even buy on line from such a company, will take my custom elsewhere.


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