Article in the Daily Wail today suggesting that M&S could be on a hit list of closures. To quote the paper:
(extracts)Stores which are vulnerable because the town centre is already in serious decline include Blackpool, Bolton, Boston, Hereford, Mansfield, Stoke and Sunderland.M&S has not yet named the stores set for closure, which means thousands of workers are waiting to know if their store will go.However, experts at the Local Data Company have compiled a list of areas that it thinks are vulnerable.This list is not from M&S and it does not mean the stores involved form part of the official closure programme.M&S said: ‘We are very disappointed that anyone would choose to speculate in this way. This list is not based on any M&S data and we have not published any locations. What we have done is outlined plans to improve our store estate over the next five years which include opening 200 new Food stores and selling Clothing and Home from 60 fewer stores.’
Doesn't give much confidence. I suppose when the Council and Balfour Beatty start digging up High Town in front of the store and close more roads into the city - it will be the final nail in their coffin.