25 April 2017 - Janet Bird
Six Marks & Spencer stores are to close over the next six months, but the retailer has announced it will open 36 new ones during the same period.
While the store closures will impact around 380 staff, more than 1,400 new jobs will be created by the opening of the new outlets.
Marks & Spencer have also promised that staff in the stores facing the axe - namely Monks Cross, Portsmouth, Slough, Warrington, Wokingham and Worksop - will be guaranteed redeployment in nearby premises.
The proposed new stores include 34 food only stores and two selling clothing, home and food.
Aylesbury, Huntingdon, Manchester, Strood in Kent and London's Bishopsgate are among the locations earmarked for the new food halls. The new clothing, food and home stores will be sited in Bracknell and Rushden.
The closures and openings are part of a store estate review designed to end years of less than stellar performance in M&S' general merchandise division, which includes the retailer's home and clothing sections.