'Pure speculation': M&S speaks out over Kettering closure rumours
M&S say a national story which lists Kettering as one of their stores which could close is 'pure speculation'.
Last week the retailer announced it would be shutting 30 UK outlets and converting others to food stores.
National newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror have today (Monday) published a list of stores which are ‘at risk of shutting’.
The list, derived from data by the Local Data Company, includes Kettering’s High Street store - but M&S say no decision has been made yet.
An M&S spokesman said: “The list that has appeared in the Daily Mail is pure speculation.
“It 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.”
Kettering councillor Michael Brown (Ind, Brambleside) has urged shoppers in the town to use the store this Christmas.
He said: “It is hugely encouraging that M&S are distancing themselves the list, particularly for the staff.
“However the uncertainty at this time will still be concerning for many.
“I urge everyone to show M&S how much their local store means to them by going and purchasing, even just one item, from their Kettering store this Christmas.”