Marks & Spencer in Boston will close this Spring. The company described the move as a “difficult decision”.
As previously reported, 49 staff were facing redundancy as the retailer looked to shut down unprofitable stores.
M&S’ regional head Paula Varley previously said the company would be talking to each colleague individually as it went through the consultation process.
After a rigorous process a decision has now been made to close the store on Saturday, April 27.
A spokesperson from the company said: “Proposing to close M&S Boston was a difficult decision.
“We’d like to thank our customers, the local community and their representatives for the feedback they’ve given.
“We hope to see lots of customers continuing to shop with us at our other stores in the region, including our Simply Food store located in Spalding and on M&S.com.”
The decision came despite the best efforts of a local action group who tried to campaign to save the store.
Around two thousand people joined a Facebook group called “Save our Boston Marks & Spencer”. Some residents said that the store closure would “kill the town” and were vying to make sure that it didn’t happen.
After communications with Boston Borough Council and representatives from a major retailer in the town the group announced it would be extremely unlikely that the Marks & Spencer store would remain.
The group has now changed its focus to saving retail businesses in the town in general.
It is understood that after the closure the nearest stores will be in the Springfields Outlet near Spalding and the Skegness Foodhall.
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