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Edinburgh Live
Jacob Farr

Edinburgh Marks and Spencer to close after failure to agree lease with landlord

A Marks and Spencer outlet store at Edinburgh's Meadowbank retail park is set to close its doors this spring after failing to come to an agreement for a lease with their landlord.

Workers at the branch were understood to have been informed this morning with the company saying that they are committed to offering roles to staff at nearby stores in the capital.

M&S have said that the way people are shopping in the internet age has meant that they have had to look at ways to evolve in order to respond to this reality.

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They have said however that they remain committed to serving the residents of Edinburgh through investing in their remaining units.

Recently M&S introduced new-look food halls at their Edinburgh Gyle and Striation shops and also put in place a bespoke Jaeger collection in their city centre store on Princes Street.

Regional manager for M&S, Emily Butterfield, said: “Following discussions with our landlord, they have decided the lease on our Meadowbank outlet store will end and we have today announced to colleagues that it will sadly be closing in the Spring.

“Our priority is to support our colleagues through these changes, and our aim is to look for roles in nearby stores.

“The way people shop is changing, and we are reshaping our store estate to respond to this. In the last three years, we’ve unveiled two of Scotland’s first new-look food halls within our Edinburgh Gyle and Straiton stores and we selected our Princes Street store to offer a bespoke Jaeger collection.

“We want to thank both our brilliant colleagues and our loyal customers who can continue to shop in our seven other stores across the city including our Princes Street store less than two miles away.”

It is understood that a new tenant will take up the vacant unit that will be vacated by M&S.

This is the second announcement of a major store closure at the retail park in the East of the city with TK Maxx reporting that they were also set to close their shop after being unable to agree terms with their landlord.


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