M&S sets date for town store closure
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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