M&S store to close after failing to reach an agreement on lease

An M&S outlet store in Edinburgh is set to close
An M&S outlet store in Edinburgh is set to close

AN Edinburgh branch of Marks and Spencer is set to close after the company failed to reach an agreement on renewing its lease.

The M&S outlet store, at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank retail park, will cease trading in the spring.

It is not yet known which business will take its place. Staff at the store are expected to be offered roles at other branches.

It comes just a few weeks after TK Maxx at Meadowbank confirmed it will be forced to close after also failing to reach an agreement on renewing its lease.

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In a statement, regional manager for M&S Emily Butterfield said: “Following discussions with our landlord, they have decided the lease on our Meadowbank outlet store will end and we have today announced to colleagues that it will sadly be closing in the spring.

“Our priority is to support our colleagues through these changes, and our aim is to look for roles in nearby stores.

“The way people shop is changing and we are reshaping our store estate to respond to this.

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“In the last three years, we’ve unveiled two of Scotland’s first new-look food halls within our Edinburgh Gyle and Straiton stores and we selected our Princes Street store to offer a bespoke Jaeger collection.

“We want to thank both our brilliant colleagues and our loyal customers who can continue to shop in our seven other stores across the city including our Princes Street store less than two miles away.”