Denton M&S to close in April
Tuesday 27th February 2018 @ 12:35 by Lee Wild
Denton & Audenshaw News

Marks and Spencer have today announced that their Denton store on Crown Point North Retail Park will be closing on 21 April.

Staff were informed of the impending closure this morning and a spokesperson for M&S said it was a “difficult but necessary decision.”

Cllr’s Jackie and Dawson lane pose with shoppers outside M&S Denton

It’s thought around 36 jobs will be at risk from the closure.

Julie Ridley, Head of Region for Manchester, said: “Proposing to close Denton Outlet was a difficult but necessary decision. Over the past few weeks we’ve been consulting with our colleagues and, following this rigorous process, the decision has been made to close the store on 21st April. We hope to see customers continuing to shop at our other stores in Greater Manchester, as well as on M&”

The news was met with derision by Dukinfield and Denton Councillors Jackie and Dawson Lane. Speaking to the Tameside Reporter Cllr Jackie Lane said: “I’m really disappointed. It will create a major impact not just on the people who work there ut also the community.

“The staff do so much fund raising, clean ups and charity work so there’s a lot of local people that will suffer because of this.”

The store manager, Alison Kilgannon, even went so far as to skydive along Dawson Lane during his charity skydive in 2014 raising £5,000 for charity.

The news of the closure comes on the back of Cllr’s Jackie and Dawson Lane gaining close to 1,000 signatures on their petition to keep the store open on Sunday 18 February.

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne had previously voiced concerns for staff at the store when rumours began to circulate of it’s closure. He said: “I’m disappointed by the announcement by M&S today about the possible closure of their Denton and Stockport stores.

“Clearly my main concern is ensuring the staff at both stores are given employment opportunities within nearby M&S outlets.

“I will also be in urgent conversation with British Land, the owners of Crown Point Shopping Park in Denton, and with the management at Merseyway in Stockport to find out what plans they have to find alternative quality retailers to fill these key void properties should the closures happen.”