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More than 300 jobs at risk as Marks & Spencer announce store closures

More than 300 jobs are at risk across the region after Marks and Spencers announced its latest batch of stores closures.

Marks & Spencers announces latest store closures as it reshapes its business Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Among the 17 branches announced to go today are five across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

It is part of an accelerated closure programme which will see over 100 stores shut nationwide affecting more than 1,000 jobs.

The company said they are in consultation with employees, including 71 members of staff at the Huddersfield store, which has been in the town centre for 85 years.

A spokesperson said the company intends to retain as many employees as possible.

"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&"

– Sacha Berendji, retail, operations and property director at Marks & Spencer

See below the location of stores affected and numbers of jobs at risk:

  • Huddersfield - 71 jobs
  • Newark - 41 jobs
  • Boston - 49 jobs
  • Hull - 93 jobs
  • Rotherham - 79 jobs