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Clarks announces closure of Somerset factory after failing to reach targets

Clarks has announced plans to close its factory in Street, Somerset Photo: PA

Somerset shoe retailer Clarks has announced it will close its Street factory.

The firm says the manufacturing unit in Street will shut after failing to reach production and cost targets.

While the headquarters will remain, the move has put up to 49 jobs at risk - with workers currently under consultation.

A spokesperson for Clarks, which was founded in Street nearly 200 years ago, said: “At Clarks, we are constantly evaluating the way we do business, keeping the ever-changing retail landscape and our customers’ needs front of mind.

“In 2017, we announced Morelight, a pilot of our manufacturing concept in Street."

Despite best efforts, we have determined that the levels of production and cost targets we hoped for will not be reached in the short to medium term.

We are therefore proposing to cease production and close the facility and will now enter a period of consultation into the viability of Morelight.

– A Clarks spokesperson

“We have a strong duty of care to all our employees and will ensure they are actively supported throughout the process.”