Macc M&S among most ‘likely to shut’
EXPERTS believe that Macclesfield’s Marks & Spencer store is among those most likely to close.
M&S announced plans last week to shut 30 of its clothing stores and convert 45 into Simply Food stores, but have so far refused to confirm which stores are at risk.
Now a group of retail analysts from the Local Data Company have released a list of the stores they believe to be most at risk – and it includes the Mill Street store in Macclesfield.
The analysts came up with the shortlist based on towns which have more than one M&S store, either on the high street, in a shopping centre or on the edge of town in a retail park.
Macclesfield’s Street store faces competition from Mill stiff the much bigger store Handforth Dean.
Matthew Hopkinson, director of the Local Data Company, said on his blog: “Detailed analysis of M&S stores shows one possible area for rationalisation which has resulted from the recent changes to retail parks. at
“There are 35 towns and cities that have more than two M&S stores either on the high street, in a shopping centre or on the edge of town in a retail park. There are 22 towns where one might question the need for two stores.”
But bosses at M&S have distanced themselves from the speculation, saying it is not based on official M&S data.
A spokesperson said: “We are very disappointed that anyone would choose to speculate in this way. This list is not based on any M&S data and we have not published any locations.
“What we have done is outlined plans to improve our store estate over the next five years, which include opening 200 new food stores and selling clothing and home from 60 fewer stores.”
The threat has sparked concern among readers who fear the loss of such a big store would damage the town further.
Shelagh Swindells said: “It will be a disaster for Macclesfield, there is nothing now to encourage people to shop in Macc – even less if they go.”
Carolyn Gittins added: “If M&S go, no point in building new shops, Macclesfield will die. It is a main attraction for a lot of people.”
But Chris Stairmand is confident the store will remain.
He said: “The Macc M&S has been outperforming its previous years for a couple of years now. It is busy and showing growth.”
Experts say Macclesfield’s Mill Street Marks and Spencer is one of those most likely to close in the M&S store shake-up
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