Marks and Spencer and Poundstretcher set to close more stores this summer

Marks and Spencer

After shutting down six shops in spring, Marks and Spencer announced it will permanently close another site at the end of the summer, or early autumn.

This is part of the supermarket’s plans to close 67 clothing and home stores, known as “full line” shops. But it’s not all bad news as M&S will be opening a total of 20 food shops in the UK later this year.

A spokesperson told “We recently announced that we are investing £480million in bigger, better stores across the UK.

“Our store rotation and investment programme is about making sure we have the right stores, in the right place, with the right space.

“Whilst our store rotation programme involves closing some stores, it also means relocating and opening new stores in locations across the country. In this coming year alone, we are opening 20 new stores across the UK, including brand new M&S stores in Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Thurrock and Purley.”

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Poundstretcher confirmed the closure of its Leyland store on Churchill Way Retail Park is taking place this month.

The news comes after the discount chain shut down its shop in Basington, in the Hatch Warren Retail Park, and the Grimsby branch, in Victoria Retail Park.

The company permanently closed a total of eight sites this year but reopened some bigger shops nearby.

Poundstretcher explained: “The national challenges around lorry driver shortages and global challenges around container shortages impacted our ability to maintain stock levels, which resulted in a number of stock shortages across the estate.”

The retailer announced, however, it is planning to open 50 new stores by the end of the year.

Poundstretcher stores closing this summer:

  • Leyland store on Churchill Way Retail Park – closing June 23

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