Roberta has today spoken of her disappointment at the announcement that Marks and Spencer is set to close its Durham City store in April 2018.
In a statement released today, Marks and Spencer has announced that this closure is part of its drive to modernise its estate, and that all 48 staff who are currently employed in Durham will be moving to other stores.
Roberta had already called a meeting with senior officers from Durham County Council to discuss the future of Durham City Centre tomorrow, and will be highlighting the need for Durham to be an attractive location for retailers as well cultural and leisure services.
“I am very sad to hear that Marks and Spencer will be closing its Durham City store in April this year, however this news was not unexpected.
Despite the good news that all staff will be redeployed to other locations, the loss of this flagship store will be a further blow to residents of the city and surrounding villages.
It is vital that Durham remains a vibrant and attractive centre for residents, tourists and visitors. Losing such retailers to out of town shopping centres means there is a greater pull away from the city, and I will be meeting with officers from Durham County Council tomorrow to discuss this.”