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M&S reveals more details of plans to shut 110 stores

More jobs in Kent could be at risk as Marks and Spencer revealed more details about its plans to close 110 stores.

The retail giant has already shut stores in Deal and Ashford, which left a combined total of nearly 90 workers uncertain about their jobs.

It now plans to close 85 clothing stores and 25 of its food outlets, in addition to the 35 shops already closed as part of the company's strategy to streamline its running costs.

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Workmen preparing to take down the sign as Marks and Spencer closes its doors in Ashford
Workmen preparing to take down the sign as Marks and Spencer closes its doors in Ashford

It also expects to open 75 food stores as part of a restructuring programme.

The news comes as the latest M&S financial results showed pre-tax profits were down by 9.9%.

Staff wave to thank customers for their support as the M&S store in Ashford closed
Staff wave to thank customers for their support as the M&S store in Ashford closed

The company has nine food outlets in Kent - in Dartford, Strood, Aylesford, Sittingbourne, Whitstable, Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, and Tonbridge.

A M&S spokesman was unable to give any details about exactly which stores will close, but said staff would be informed first.

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Chief executive Steve Rowe, said: "We are deep into the first phase of our transformation programme and continue to make good progress restoring the basics and fixing many of the legacy issues we face.

"As I have said, at this stage we are judging ourselves as much by the pace of change as by the trading outcomes and change will accelerate in the year ahead.

Marks and Spencer closed its Deal branch after more than 80 years in the town
Marks and Spencer closed its Deal branch after more than 80 years in the town

"Whilst there are green shoots, we have not been consistent in our delivery in a number of areas of the business.

"M&S is changing faster than at any time in my career - substantial changes across the business to our processes, ranges and operations and this has constrained this year's performance, particularly in Clothing & Home.

"However, we remain on track with our transformation and are now well on the road to making M&S special again."

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