Worksop politicians and business leaders '˜shocked' over M&S closure

M&S closure priory shopping centre WorksopM&S closure priory shopping centre Worksop
M&S closure priory shopping centre Worksop
Worksop politicians and business leaders have expressed their shock over the announcement from M&S that the Worksop food store could potentially close later this year.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said: “This proposal would be a huge disappointment for the people of Worksop and for the future of the town centre.

“The presence of M&S in the town is highly valued.

“I hope that if it does go ahead steps are taken to ensure that no-one will be out of work as a result.”

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Chairman of Worksop Business Forum, Philip Jackson, said: “The proposal to close M&S is very disappointing.

“I am increasingly concerned about the amount of town centre shops which are becoming vacant.

“I think it’s time we all take a look at our shopping habits. Without enough customers shops won’t be able to afford to cover running costs.

“We as a forum continue working hard to encourage business to come to Worksop and also to encourage shoppers to spend their money in our great market town.”

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David Armiger, director of regeneration and neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “The loss of another big high street name from Worksop town centre would be devastating and also comes as extremely disappointing news for M&S customers who live in Worksop and the surrounding area.

“We will continue to work extremely hard with the Priory Centre and the Worksop Business Forum to attract a suitable retailer to fill the vacancy that could be left by M&S.”