M&S has today announced that it is consulting with 57 colleagues on the proposed closure of its Barrow-in-Furness store.
The proposed closure is part of M&S’s programme to reshape its UK store estate.
Lisa Rogers, M&S Head of Region for Lancashire and Cumbria, said: “The decision to propose our store in Barrow-in-Furness for closure was a difficult one to make. We have a great team at Barrow and we’ll be talking to them on an individual basis about what is best for them.
“We remain committed to serving customers in Cumbria and later this year we’ll be opening a new Foodhall in Ulverston, which will also offer Clothing & Home products via Click & Collect.”
John Woodcock MP said: “Marks and Spencer has long been a bedrock for Dalton Road and relied on by thousands so this consultation is a terrible blow for the town centre. I really feel for the staff set to lose their jobs – if the closure does go ahead they must be given support by the company at this difficult time.
“But I want to explore every possible avenue to make the company change its mind and will be speaking to national management and local staff later.”
Other M&S stores in the region include:
- M&S Kendal (33.9 miles, 51 mins away)
- Ulverston Foodhall – opening Autumn 2019
All of these stores offer a free next-day Click & Collect service for customers who purchase online at M&S.com.