Marks and Spencer in Spalding

Marks and Spencer proposes to close Spalding town centre food store

Around 33 employees could lose their jobs after Marks and Spencer announced it is proposing to close its Spalding town centre food hall.

The company has told The Voice it’s consulting with staff on the closure of the Winfrey Avenue store while looking to relocate staff to other branches.

A spokesman for the company said: “We’re speaking to each individual colleague today and will be looking to re-deploy them.

“Any store closure will happen after the consultation which will take as long as it needs to do.”

Zoe Gibbard, M&S Head of Region for South East Midlands, said: “Shopping habits are changing, so we’re reshaping our store estate so it is fit for the future, ensuring it meets the needs of customers today – and those of tomorrow.

“Proposing to close M&S Spalding Foodhall is a difficult but necessary part of these changes.

“Over the coming weeks our priority will be supporting the great team of colleagues at our Spalding store, as we discuss what’s best for them.

“We remain committed to local customers and, if the proposal goes ahead, we will continue to serve them from M&S.com and other stores in the area, including M&S Bourne Food store, where customers can also pick up Clothing & Home products in store via Click & Collect.”

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