Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
London, Glasgow and other locations across the UK
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.71 - Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores

380 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 August 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Mackays Stores Limited, the Scottish fashion retailer trading as M&Co., has confirmed that it plans to close 47 of its 265 stores and cut 380 jobs as part of a major restructure after it was bought out of administration. The affected staff include 55 employees in the company’s head offices in London and Glasgow and 325 shop floor staff across the UK.

M&Co. was severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The new director said that entering administration and cutting jobs were difficult decisions, however, they ensured that the company has 'a sustainable basis from which to rebuild'.

M&Co. was founded in 1834 and it entered fashion retail in 1961, selling women's, men's, and children's clothes, as well as small homeware items.



Eurofound (2020), Mackays Stores, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101916, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101916.