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Statement from Stockport Council regarding Marks & Spencer

Update 27th February 2018

Stockport Council is extremely disappointed to learn that despite having worked hard with Marks & Spencer to investigate a number of options to keep their store in Stockport open, they have resolved to proceed with the planned closure.

This decision is a result of the company’s changing corporate priorities and a strategy to reduce floor space nationally.

Stockport remains the most popular town centre within South Manchester, attracting over 15 million visitors each year and this news will not slow down the transformation that is underway, giving people even more reasons to visit and invest in Stockport. Planned investments include the redevelopment of Merseyway that will see it rejuvenated into a popular, modern and inviting shopping centre.

Our priority is now to support staff that may be affected by this news doing all we can to help them, whilst also working with Marks & Spencer to investigate their plans for their building which is not currently within the Council’s ownership.

Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration said: “We are very disappointed that despite having worked with Marks & Spencer on a number of options to keep their store open, they have decided to go ahead with the closure of their Stockport store. We will now continue to work with them to ensure all affected staff are supported and to learn more about their plans for their building.”