Marks and Spencers have today announced the planned the closure of 14 of its stores across the country, in an attempt to force a drive in online sales. The decision means that nationwide, almost 500 jobs are at risk.

The announcement follows similar announcements from Sainsburys and Tesco leading to a total of almost 2,200 jobs being cut by major national retailers.

Amid M&S’s announcement to close its Denton and Stockport branches, Andrew Gwynne MP has urged a rethink of the decision. Gwynne expressed his disappointment, stressing the importance of ensuring Denton & Reddish remains a lucrative and attractive location for corporate retailers to set up shop.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I’m disappointed by the announcement by M&S today about the possible closure of their Denton and Stockport stores.

“Clearly my main concern is ensuring the staff at both stores are given employment opportunities within nearby M&S outlets.

“I will also be in urgent conversation with British Land, the owners of Crown Point Shopping Park in Denton, and with the management at Merseyway in Stockport to find out what plans they have to find alternative quality retailers to fill these key void properties should the closures happen.”

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