Is your local M&S closing? The stores most at risk have been revealed

The high street favourite may close city centre shops in favour of out-of-town retail parks, analysts say

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A list of Marks & Spencer stores most at risk of closure has been revealed after the high street chain announced it would close about 60 outlets.

Thirty large stores will close completely, with many more being downsized or replaced by Simply Food outlets as M&S has struggled to turn around its clothing division.

Retail analysts from the Local Data Company (LDC) have compiled a list of stores they believe are most vulnerable. This is not an official list and M&S has remained tight-lipped about which stores will definitely close.

M&S boss says there will be ‘more stores, not less’

LDC says M&S is likely to axe town centre locations as shoppers increasingly favour out-of-town retail parks where parking is plentiful.

LDC director Matthew Hopkinson said: “There are 35 towns and cities that have more than two M&S stores either on the high street, in a shopping centre or on the edge of town in a retail park.

“If one removes the large urban centres such as London, Glasgow and other cities, there are 22 towns where one might question the need for two stores.”

“Examples include Milton Keynes, Bournemouth, Durham, Fareham, Stockton-on-Tees, Swindon and Chichester.”

M&S said it was “very disappointed that anyone would choose to speculate in this way.”

“This list is not based on any M&S data and we have not published any locations.

“What we have done is outlined plans to improve our store estate over the next five years which include opening 200 new food stores and selling clothing and home from 60 fewer stores.” 

Chief executive Steve Rowe, who took over in April, plans to close the stores over the next five years as he bids to turn around the retailer. 

Rowe said he was: “reshaping our estate now to make it more relevant, more modern and more appropriate to how customers are shopping.”

He added: “These are tough decisions, but vital to building a future M&S that is simpler, more relevant, multi-channel and focused on delivering sustainable returns,” but insisted the program would create more jobs, not cut them.

The full LDC list:

  1. Aberdeen

  2. Ayr

  3. Banbury

  4. Barrow-in-Furness

  5. Basildon

  6. Birmingham

  7. Blackburn

  8. Blackpool

  9. Bolton

  10. Boston

  11. Bournemouth

  12. Brentwood

  13. Bridlington

  14. Brierley Hill

  15. Bristol

  16. Buxton

  17. Carlisle

  18. Chichester

  19. Coventry

  20. Darlington

  21. Dundee

  22. Durham

  23. Fareham

  24. Hereford

  25. Hull

  26. Kettering

  27. King’s Lynn

  28. Leamington Spa

  29. Leeds

  30. Leicester

  31. Liverpool

  32. Macclesfield

  33. Maidstone

  34. Manchester

  35. Mansfield

  36. Milton Keynes

  37. Newcastle Upon Tyne

  38. Northwich

  39. Nottingham

  40. Peterborough

  41. Preston

  42. Rochdale

  43. Sheffield

  44. Southampton

  45. St Albans

  46. Stockton-on-Tees

  47. Stoke

  48. Swansea

  49. Swindon

  50. Sunderland

  51. Tunbridge Wells

  52. Warrington

*According to Local Data Company