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Jobs to go as M&S close three more stores in the east

Marks and Spencer is to close three stores in the east as it looks to battle difficult retail conditions.

They're part of a new wave of 17 store closures, the company closed 30 shops last year, including Northampton and Newmarket.

Jobs to go as M&S close three more stores in the east Credit: PA Wire

More than 1,000 people are set to lose their jobs as part of the latest moves.

"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 online."

– Sacha Berendji, Marks & Spencer

The three closures announced today are:

  • Bedford
  • Felixstowe
  • Luton Arndale

Stores already closed in the east are:

  • Basildon
  • Clacton
  • Kettering
  • Newmarket
  • Northampton