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Marks and Spencer to close Stockton and Darlington stores in August

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It's been confirmed that the Marks and Spencer stores in both Stockton and Darlington will close in August.

Stockton's branch will close on 11th August. The Darlington branch will also close in August but the date has yet to be released.

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.

The company said the closures are part of a "radically reshape" of M&S’s Clothing & Home space.

“Proposing to close our stores in Darlington and Stockton was a difficult decision. Over the past few weeks we’ve been consulting with our colleagues and, following this rigorous process, the decision has been made to close both stores.” “We’d like to thank our customers for the feedback they’ve given the team and we hope to see lots of them continuing to shop with us at our other nearby stores, including Teesside Retail Park, Middlesbrough and West Park Darlington Foodhall which will open later this summer.”

– Andrew Crooks, Head of Region for North East at Marks & Spencer