Shock as shops set to close

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY STACEY MULLEN

MORE store clo­sures have been an­nounced in the city cen­tre.

Marks & Spencer is clos­ing a city cen­tre branch, EAT will go from Sauchiehall Street and Pound­world is on the brink of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

House of Fraser will, how­ever, save its Glas­gow store de­spite clos­ing more than half of its shops in the UK.

The 30 staff at Marks & Spencer will re­port­edly move to other stores.

MA­JOR changes to the re­tail land­scape in Glas­gow have been an­nounced with sev­eral stores ex­pected to close.

Sand­wich chain store EAT, Marks & Spencer and Pound­world all made an­nounce­ments about some of their re­tail op­er­a­tions in the city.

The Evening Times can ex­clu­sively re­veal that EAT, which is pop­u­lar with the city’s lunchtime crowd, will close its Sauchiehall Street branch for good this week.

The com­pany did not re­veal any­more de­tails about the de­ci­sion but The Evening Times un­der­stands staff were told that they want to fo­cus on their op­er­a­tions in Lon­don.

The com­pany also have a branch in Gor­don Street which will re­main open and it is un­der­stood staff were of­fered the op­tion of tak­ing up po­si­tions at Ed­in­burgh Air­port.

An EAT spokesman said: “Our Sauchiehall Street store will be clos­ing this week. Our val­ued col­leagues work­ing there have all been in­formed, and have been of­fered roles in other lo­ca­tions.”

Marks & Spencer also said they will close their Both­well Street food out­let.

The Bri­tish i nsti­tu­tion con­firmed that the 30 staff work­ing at the store will move on to other Marks & Spencer stores.

Marks & Spencer also said the de­ci­sion not to re­new the lease of the store in the city cen­tre was a “dif­fi­cult one”.

David Bates, head of re­gion for Scot­land West at Marks & Spencer, said: “The de­ci­sion not to re­new our lease and there­fore close our small food store on Both­well Street was a dif­fi­cult one to make. I un­der­stand many of our loyal cus­tomers will be dis­ap­pointed and we hope to see these cus­tomers at one of our other lo­cal stores in cen­tral Glas­gow in­clud­ing Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street.

“We’ve got a great team of 30 col­leagues at the Both­well Street store who I’m pleased will all move to work at these nearby stores.”

Last month, we re­ported that Marks & Spencer East Kil­bride had been ear­marked for clo­sure and a pe­riod of con­sul­ta­tion with the staff is on­go­ing.

Pound­world also said yes­ter­day that they are poised to an­nounce their in­ten­tion to ap­point ad­min­is­tra­tors, putting around 5,300 jobs at risk.

The bud­get re­tailer is low on cash and is fil­ing the no­tice be­cause it will give the busi­ness pro­tec­tion from its cred­i­tors for two weeks. They cur­rently have stores in Argyle Street, The Forge Shop­ping Cen­tre, Shaw­lands and Ro­broys­ton.

House of Fraser will, how­ever, save their Glas­gow store de­spite plans to close more than half of its shops. The depart­ment store chain will close 31 of its 59 stores. The re­tail gi­ant be­gan with a sin­gle drap­ery shop, opened in Glas­gow by Hugh Fraser and James Arthur in 1849.

From top left: EAT, M&S Sim­ply Food and Pound­world are to close, while House of Fraser in the city will stay open

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