M&S to permanently close Glasgow store after “changing” shopping habits

// M&S to shutter store on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street later this month
// M&S said it found alternative roles elsewhere for the majority of the store’s employees

Marks & Spencer will close its store on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street later this month in response to “changing” shopping habits.

In what comes as another blow in the “collapse” of the city’s Sauchiehall Street, the store is set to shutter on April 30.

M&S said it found alternative roles elsewhere for the majority of the store’s employees.

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M&S’s regional manager David Bates said the company was in discussions with a potential partner to take on the Art Deco site for “complementary” alternative use for the site.

Having opened in 1935, it doubled the supermarket’s store space in the city and was the first of its Scottish shops to feature a café.

It also saw staff wearing co-ordinated uniforms for the first time, with dark dresses and starched white collars.

A refurbishment project took 18 months and culminated in a grand reopening in August 1985, with special guest Mickey Mouse officially opening the store.

Bates said: “Shopping habits are changing, and this means we need to focus our investment on the right stores in the right places so we can provide the very best shopping experience for our Glasgow customers.”

As part of the “transformation”, in January Bates announced the closure of the Sauchiehall Street store.

“This means we can invest in our twelve other Glasgow stores including nearby M&S Argyle Street – so we keep pace with the demands of our customers today and in the future,” he said.

“We’ve worked hard to find alternative roles with M&S for as many colleagues as possible and have achieved this for the majority of those affected.

“Our priority is supporting everyone through these changes. We would like to thank all our brilliant Sauchiehall St colleagues – past and present – and all our Glasgow customers who have shopped with us in this store.

“We want to make sure our existing site finds a complementary alternative use for the area, and we are in discussions with a potential partner. We will keep the community updated as these developments progress.”

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