Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores

380 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
1,400 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
20 April 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 October 2017


High street retailer Marks & Spencer has announced plans to close six of its existing stores with the loss of 380 jobs. Four of its 'full line' shops in Portsmouth, Slough, Warrington and Wokingham will shut along with two food outlets in York and Worksop. The company has pledged to relocate existing staff at these sites to other nearby stores. In addition to the store closures Marks & Spencer will also open 36 new stores over a six month period, resulting in 1,400 jobs. Thirty-four stores will be food only and two will be full line.


  • 20 April 2017: BBC Website
  • 20 April 2017: The Guardian


Eurofound (2017), Marks & Spencer, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90864, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90864.