December 01, 2011 Manchester Evening News, Jessica Beckett
Marks and Spencer is closing its ‘flagship’ Ashton store to move to an out-of-town site.
The company claims the 40-year-old branch does not suit its plans – and instead wants to open a store next to Sainsbury’s at Ashton Moss.
Politicians warned the closure of the Warrington Street store could have a devastating impact on the town’s economy.
Ashton MP David Heyes said: “There’s no question Marks and Spencer is a flagship store in the town and it’s a real blow.
“It seems to be such a short-sighted decision. Metrolink is due to arrive in Ashton in a few months and you would expect that to carry the promise of many more shoppers. I can’t think why they would choose to do this. It’s such a shame because despite the recession Ashton has been holding up as one of the busiest shopping centres in the region. I know the council is talking about doing everything it can to minimise the damage – but short term the damage is unavoidable.”
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