Marks and Spencer to close 30 stores, but what about the ones in Crawley, Haywards Heath and Horsham?
Marks and Spencer is planning to shut 30 stores after reporting a pre-tax loss of £201 million during the Covid-19 pandemic.
M&S suffered the loss for the year to March 27, compared to a £67 million profit the year before.
The chain said the closures would be part of the ‘next phase’ of its long-term transformation plan, in which many of its 110 stores will be set for relocation.
M&S is not confirming yet which stores in West Sussex will be affected.
An M&S spokesman told this newspaper: “We haven’t made any announcements about any specific store closures.”
“The information being shared in our Results today is about a long-term programme over several years, which we keep constantly under review,” he added.
Marks and Spencer has stores in Swan Walk in Horsham, Queensway in Crawley and The Orchards in St Josephs Way, Haywards Heath.
Other M&S shops in West Sussex include: M&S Simply Food, BP, London Road, East Grinstead; M & S Foodhall, Betts Way, Crawley; and M&S Simply Food, Brighton Road, Crawley.
M&S has already closed or relocated 59 of its stores, but the chain is now planning to accelerate these changes.
The retail group currently has 254 full-line stores selling food and clothing, but this will be cut to around 180 stores over the next ten years.