Marks and Spencer store closures: Which M&S branches are due to shut?

Robin De Peyer

Marks & Spencer is to close 100 of its stores in the next four years.

The retail giant announced the closures as part of a revamp under which it plans to move a third of its sales online.

M&S revealed the locations of 14 stores which are to close, including in London's Bayswater and Holloway Road, with a total of 872 employees affected.

A total of 21 stores have been shut since M&S began a restructuring process in 2016. A full list of the 100 stores is not yet available.

Here is the list so far of the stores which are to close and when:

July 2018:

Bayswater,

Fleetwood (Outlet)

Newton Abbot (Outlet)

Early 2019:

Clacton

Holloway Road

Unknown/consultation period:

Darlington

East Kilbride

Falkirk

Kettering

Newmarket

New Mersey Speke

Northampton

Stockton

Walsall

The 21 stores already closed since 2016:

Andover, Basildon, Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bridlington, Covent Garden, Crewe, Dover, Durham, Fareham, Fforestfach, Greenock, Keighley, Newry Portsmouth, Putney, Redditch, Slough, Stockport, Warrington and Wokingham.

Sacha Berendji, retail and property director at M&S, said: "We are making good progress with our plans to reshape our store estate to be more relevant to our customers and support our online growth plans.

"Closing stores isn't easy but it is vital for the future of M&S. Where we have closed stores, we are seeing an encouraging number of customers moving to nearby stores and enjoying shopping with us in a better environment, which is why we're continuing to transform our estate with pace."

The announcement comes a day before the retailer is expected to unveil another troubling set of annual figures.

Wednesday's results are set to show that underlying pre-tax profit across the group fell 6% to £573 million.