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Marks & Spencer to close Gravesend store

PUBLISHED: 17:52 02 June 2014

Picture: PA/Stefan Rousseau

Picture: PA/Stefan Rousseau

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Marks & Spencer has today announced plans to close its Gravesend store.

The store, which has been based in the town for more than 100 years, was earmarked for closure after the company decided that it would not be “financially viable” to undertake the neccessary modernisation work.

The company is keen to emphasise that staff do not have to worry about job losses, and the 63 members of staff at the store would all be offered positions in other stores nearby.

A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer said: “We are closely managing our store estate to ensure it is fit for the future of M&S and, after much consideration, we have taken the decision to propose the closure of our store on New Road. We hope the store’s customers will continue to shop with us at our new look stores in Bluewater and Hempstead Valley and on our new website, M&S.com. All colleagues will be offered positions in other M&S stores.”

The closure is believed to be happening around August.

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