Marks and Spencer propose to close two stores in our region

The retail giant plan to close 100 stores by 2020 Credit: PA

M&S has today announced that it is proposing the closures of its Darlington and Stockton stores as part of a programme to reshape its UK store estate.

The company said it will be consulting with 82 colleagues at its Darlington store, and 45 colleagues at its Stockton store.

Including the two North East stores, M&S has today announced that 14 stores in total are proposed for closure or set to close. They say 100 stores will have shut by 2020.

In a statement, the company said there will be relocations, conversions, downsizes and the introduction of concessions, to "radically reshape" M&S’s Clothing & Home space.

Employees in our region will be consulted of their future Credit: PA

However, it's believed the new Foodhall at West Park Village in Darlington is still due to open later this year.