Big blow for South Shields as Marks & Spencer pulls out

BIG BLOW ... Marks & Spencer is pulling out of South Shields.

BIG BLOW ... Marks & Spencer is pulling out of South Shields.

SOUTH Shields suffered a huge blow today when it was announced that Marks & Spencer is closing its store in King Street.

The business is one of the oldest in town, having been there since 1934.

But today it was revealed that the store will close on Saturday, March 29.

Its 37 staff will be relocated to M&S’s larger store at Silverlink in North Tyneside.

Barbara Heslop, Marks & Spencer’s regional manager for the North East, said: “We’re creating a bigger, better store at Silverlink that will serve all of our customers’ needs.

“As a result, we are relocating our South Shields team and closing our store there.

“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we believe extending our Silverlink store is the right decision for M&S and our customers.”

* For more on this breaking story, don’t miss tomorrow’s Shields Gazette.

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