Marks & Spencer to close eight UK stores - new shop to open in Northern Ireland
Marks & Spencer has announced the closure of eight stores in the UK.
However, none of the retailer's stores in Northern Ireland are affected. Indeed the firm is opening a new store in Newry on Thursday.
On Wednesday the chain announced the closure of eight stores with close to 500 jobs affected.
M&S said staff will be offered redeployment at other stores before redundancy is considered.
The eight stores earmarked for closure are in: Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton, Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport.
The closures come as part of a major overhaul announced in November 2016, when the group unveiled plans impacting on a quarter of its clothing and home outlets.
It is closing and relocating stores, slashing clothing and home space as well as converting some shops to food-only outlets.
However in Northern Ireland, the change of location in Newry will see it have a bigger store in the city.
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