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Goodbye M&S: Weston-Super-Mare loses one of its oldest shops

M&S has been in the seaside town for 112 years. Credit: ITV West Country

It's been as familiar a sight in Weston-super-Mare as seagulls and sand but Marks & Spencer's time in the town is almost over and out.

The iconic store's been in the seaside town for 112 years but on Saturday (April 27) it'll shut for good.

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The next nearest M&S is at least a 23-mile journey to the north to Cribbs Causeway or 28-miles south to Taunton.

Seventy four employees are either leaving or taking redeployment offers.

People in the town will have to drive more than 20 miles to get to the next nearest store. Credit: ITV West Country

It's one of 100 M&S stores set to close by 2022 as the company struggles to revive its fortunes.

Weston-Super-Mare has 5 million visitors a year but it seems not enough of them are making full use of the High Street or spending enough.

Credit: ITV West Country

It could be one of the reasons why no alternative business has so far put its name to this site which remains under Mark & Spencer's ownership.