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Marks & Spencer stores to remain open

Shoppers and staff at the Marks & Spencer stores in Newbury breathed a big sigh of relief after it was revealed they didn’t feature on a list of store closures.

With the number of shops closing in Newbury town centre quite rapidly recently, there were many that feared both the Northbrook Street and Retail Park outlets could follow a similar fate.

Fortunately for now both stores will remain open, but the chain has announced that up to 100 outlets will shut by 2022.

Sacha Berendji, Retail, Operations and Property Director at Marks & Spencer, said: “We are making good progress with our plans to reshape our store estate to be more relevant to our customers and support our online growth plans. Closing stores isn’t easy but it is vital for the future of M&S.

“Where we have closed stores, we are seeing an encouraging number of customers moving to nearby stores and enjoying shopping with us in a better environment, which is why we’re continuing to transform our estate with pace.”

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