M&S to create 1,400 jobs despite store closures

Retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) is to create more than 1,400 jobs through the opening of 36 new stores over the next six months.

Retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) is to create more than 1,400 jobs through the opening of 36 new stores over the next six months.

However, the BBC reports this recruitment drive is being offset by the closure of six stores in Portsmouth, Slough, Warrington, and Wokingham, along with Simply Food stores in Monks Cross near York and Worksop. The 380 affected staff are to be guaranteed redeployment at nearby stores, according to the report.

The past week has also seen department store Debenhams announce plans to close 10 of its 176 stores. The BBC reports a central distribution warehouse and about 10 smaller warehouses could also shut.

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