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Marks and Spencer may close Northern Ireland outlet - talks begin with staff

Marks and Spencer may close one of its outlets
Marks and Spencer may close one of its outlets

Marks and Spencer has confirmed that it is consulting with staff on the proposed closure of one of its shops in Northern Ireland.

The proposed closure of  its outlet store at The Junction, in Antrim, is part of the firm's programme to "reshape its UK store estate".

Simon Layton, Head of Region for Marks & Spencer Northern Ireland said: “The decision to propose the closure of our outlet store at The Junction has been a difficult one.

"Supporting our hard-working colleagues is our priority. We’ll be speaking with them individually over the coming weeks about what’s best for them.

“We will continue to serve our customers from nearby store. “Our commitment to ongoing food expansion in Northern Ireland will continue with the opening of a new store in Carrickfergus this summer.”

Tuesday’s announcement of 17 closures across the UK comes in addition to 38 previously announced locations, of which 30 have already shut.

The retailer is on track to close 100 stores by 2022.

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