Temporary reprieve for Spalding's M&S food store
Spalding’s Marks and Spencer food store is to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.
The popular shop, in Holland Market, was meant to close its doors for good on Saturday, April 11 but has been given a reprieve after the company held talks with MP Sir John Hayes.
It is still set to close later in the year, although Sir John is keen to keep talks ongoing to see if he can keep the food store in the town – possibly at a different location.
Speaking this morning, M&S head of region for South East Midlands Zoe Gibbard said: “Supporting communities and our customers during the current unprecedented health crisis is our absolute priority, so we have made the decision to delay the closure of our Spalding store.
“We want to ensure that everyone has access to what they need in the coming weeks, so the store will continue to provide a full food offer.
“The store will close as planned in the future, but when the time is right to do so. We will keep the community updated as the situation evolves, but want to reassure customers that we will remain open and available to them during this period.”
Sir John told the Free Press: “I was in discussion with Marks and Spencer before the coronavirus outbreak, trying to find a way of averting the closure. But the pandemic has made food shops even more vital and I am delighted that Marks and Spencer has taken the same view and showed such sensitivity.
“Food outlets are particularly important at this time and this will be reassuring for local people and I am delighted to have played a part in it, although most credit should go towards Marks and Spencer itself. I will now continue to fight to keep it open permanently.”
The Spalding branch employs 33 staff.
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