High street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has confirmed the next tranche of stores it is shutting down nationwide in a bid to streamline its business.
The company will ultimately close 100 of its larger premises across the country by 2022 as it seeks to downsize its faltering clothing and home operations in favour of its more fruitful grocery and online sales offerings.
M&S announced today it will close the following three stores by the end of July:
Bayswater, West London
Newton Abbot, Devon
These two will then close in early 2019 - although new M&S Food businesses will open nearby:
Holloway Road, North London
A further nine stores are all being considered for closure thereafter:
Darlington, Country Durham
East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire
New Mersey Speke, Merseyside
Stockton, County Durham
Walsall, West Midlands
M&S had previously announced the forthcoming closure of 14 other stores in January, putting almost 500 jobs at risk:
Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Denton, Greater Manchester
Durham, County Durham
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Putney, South West London
Stockport, Greater Manchester
The company is expected to announce further closures soon.