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Gravesend Marks & Spencer will definitely close in September

PUBLISHED: 10:51 11 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:14 11 July 2014

Picture: PA/Stefan Rousseau

Picture: PA/Stefan Rousseau

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After more than 100 years of trade, Marks & Spencer in Gravesend will be closing its doors for good in two months time.

Marks & Spencer has confirmed that the store, situated on New Road, will have their final day of trading on September 27.

The company said that due to the financial cost of the modernisation of the store, it was no longer “commercially viable” for it to remain open.

All of the 63 staff members have been offered positions in other nearby stores.

Despite a campaign to keep the store open and petitions which reportedly reached more than 2,000 signatures, they are standing by their decision.

A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer said: “It’s a difficult decision that we’ve not made lightly. Unfortunately, the store is in need of modernisation and the scale of the investment required means that it is no longer commercially viable. We hope our customers in Gravesend will continue to shop with us at our new website M&S.com and our new look stores in Bluewater and Hempstead Valley.”

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