Marks & Spencer bosses reassure shoppers over future of Hartlepool store after branch closure

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BOSSES at Marks & Spencer have reassured shoppers about the future of the Hartlepool store after the announcement of the closure of a regional branch.

South Shields suffered a huge blow yesterday when it was revealed that the giant high street brand was to close its 80-year-old King Street store at the end of next month.

However, bosses have reassured neighbouring towns that the announcement only affects the South Shields store and won’t be the start of a string of closures throughout the North East such as the store in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

A spokeswoman told the Mail: “The announcement today relates solely to the South Shields store and the Hartlepool store is unaffected.”

The 37 staff at the South Shields store will be relocated to M&S’s larger Silverlink in North Tyneside.

Barbara Heslop, Marks & Spencer’s regional manager for the North East, said: “We’re creating a bigger, better store at Silverlink that will serve all of our customers’ needs.”