M&S sets date for town store clo­sure

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

HIGH street re­tailer Marks & Spencer has con­firmed it will close one of its Black Coun­try stores this sum­mer.

The com­pany has an­nounced its shop in Wal­sall town cen­tre will shut on Au­gust 11 although it is not clear at this stage how many of its 94 mem­bers of staff will be made re­dun­dant.

A pro­posal to shut the shop in The Sad­dlers Cen­tre was un­veiled in May as part of wider plans to close 14 stores na­tion­wide as the re­tailer cuts down on its port­fo­lio of high street shops.

The com­pany will con­tinue to op­er­ate its oth­ers stores in the West Mid­lands in­clud­ing in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre, Long­bridge, Wolver­hamp­ton and Sut­ton Cold­field among oth­ers.

Andy Bar­ber, head of the West Mid­lands at Marks & Spencer, said: “Propos­ing to close the store 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 the store on Saturday, Au­gust 11.”

Wal­sall’s new coun­cil leader Mike Bird said last month that he hoped to per­suade M&S to stay open in the town, es­pe­cially as the chain has ten years left to run on its lease.

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