30 jobs at risk at M&S

OVER 30 jobs are at risk after Marks & Spencer said it was in consultation over the closure of an outlet branch at The Junction.

M&S has announced that it is consulting with 34 colleagues on the proposal.

The proposed closure is part of M&S’s programme to reshape its UK store estate.

Simon Layton, Head of Region for Marks & Spencer Northern Ireland said: “The decision to propose the closure of our outlet store at The Junction has been a difficult one.

“Supporting our hard-working colleagues is our priority.

“We’ll be speaking with them individually over the coming weeks about what’s best for them.

“We will continue to serve our loyal customers from nearby stores in the region including M&S Ballymena which offers our full Clothing & Home range and our M&S Foodhall at Aldergrove which also offers Clothing & Home products via our Click & Collect service.

“Our commitment to ongoing food expansion in Northern Ireland will continue with the opening of a new store in Carrickfergus this summer.”

An M&S Simply Food opened at the new services opposite Belfast International Airport last year,

Nearby stores to M&S at The Junction include: Aldergrove, Ballymena and the Abbey Centre (16 miles, 23 minutes away.

Mr Layton said that all of these stores offer a free next-day Click & Collect service for customers who purchase online at M&S.com.

South Antrim MLA Trevor Clarke said that he was saddened by the news of the potential M&S closure.

“This is a devastating blow to Antrim, especially with the owners ambitious plans to turn Junction One around.” he said.

“I note that the staff will be offered redeployment first before redundancies are considered, however in circumstances where that is not the case then I hope that other opportunities will arise for those staff.”

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