“Big blow” as M&S plans to close South Yorkshire branch with 79 jobs at risk

South Yorkshire MP John Healey MP has voiced his dismay as M&S plan to end 125 year association.

By Stephanie Bateman
Friday, 25th January 2019, 3:49 pm
Updated Friday, 25th January 2019, 3:53 pm
MP John Healey
MP John Healey

Local MP John Healey says plans by Marks and Spencer to close its store at Parkgate Shopping are a big blow to Rotherham.

A large number of people have been in touch with the MP’s office to raise their concerns over the decision which puts 79 jobs at risk of redundancy and relocation.

MP John Healey

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In a letter to M&S CEO, Steve Rowe, John said: “Many in my constituency shop and work at the store and the recently announced closure plans came as a shock to your committed workers and customers. “This is a big blow to the town as M&S is an anchor store for Parkgate just as it was in central Rotherham and it will be sad to see the name of Marks and Spencer disappear from the town for the first time in 125 years.

“I too am dismayed by this decision, 79 people now face relocation or redundancy, and this is part of a pattern across the country. I don’t want to see Parkgate start to struggle like our town centre has over the last decade.

“I write therefore to urge you to reconsider this closure so the historic name of Marks and Spencer can remain in a town that has been associated with the company since 1894.”