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Marks and Spencer to shut eight stores – but Norfolk and Suffolk branches are spared

PUBLISHED: 09:29 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:13 31 January 2018

Marks and Spencer is closing another eight stores around the UK. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Marks and Spencer is closing another eight stores around the UK. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Marks and Spencer is to shut another eight stores around the UK – but Norfolk and Suffolk branches are not among them.

The department store chain said staff will be offered redeployment at other stores before redundancy is considered.

The eight stores earmarked for closure are in Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton, Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport.

It comes as the retailer also confirmed six stores will close by the end of April at Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach in Wales, Putney and Redditch, with all staff moving to nearby stores.

The closures form part of an overhaul announced in November 2016, when the group unveiled plans affecteing a quarter of its clothing and home outlets.

It is closing and relocating stores, slashing clothing and home space as well as converting some shops to food-only outlets.

M&S said its previously announced plans to put the brakes on its Simply Food expansion plan will also see just 36 stores open over the next six months. New locations will include Broadstone, Streatham Hill and St Albans.

The company has stores in Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester, as well as Simply Food outlets in petrol stations around Norfolk and Suffolk.

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