MP calls for urgent rethink over Buxton M&S closure plan

High Peak MP Ruth George
High Peak MP Ruth George

High Peak MP Ruth George has called on Marks and Spencer to reconsider plans to close its Buxton store.

M&S said it was consulting with 46 staff at the Spring Gardens store over the proposed closure, which is part of the company's programme to reshape its UK store estate.

Mrs George said she was shocked by Monday's announcement - especially in light of current developments in the town - and had written to M&S asking the firm to urgently reconsider its decision.

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“The M&S store is an important anchor on Buxton’s high street, not least because we live in a rural area," the Labour MP said.

“I know many people, especially older residents (who do not always have access to the internet) rely on the store for clothes shopping; as do young families; especially now that M&S has closed its stores in Stockport and Denton.

“Buxton has seen significant investment both from the private and public sector in recent years, not least the £50m redevelopment and restoration of The Crescent, which is expected to open later this year, and could provide an estimated £4.5m boost to the town’s economy.

“Alongside this is there is the development of the Pump Room as a new indoor attraction for residents and visitors, which should further help to increase footfall for all shops in the town.

“Further, I understand that the local council is putting together a bid for the new Future High Street Fund to ensure that the town is well placed to make the most of the opening of The Crescent, so that local businesses benefit from its opening.”