Hull MPs to meet with Marks and Spencer bosses over Whitefriargate closure

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Jan 2019

Hull MPs will be meeting with Marks and Spencer bosses today to discuss the closure of the city’s store.

The chain announced the Whitefriargate store would be shutting as part of wide-ranging closures announced earlier this month.

The move comes as Marks and Spencer says it wants to “reshape its UK store estate”, with 16 other stores around the country also set to shut.

93 workers in Hull’s Whitefriargate store are now under consultation.

Since the devastating news was issued, Hull City Council has entered into talks with Marks and Spencer to try and relocate the firm to a different outlet in the city.

Today, all three of Hull’s MPs, Emma Hardy, Diana Johnson and Karl Turner, will meet with bosses to discuss the decision to shut the Whitefriargate store.

Posting on Twitter, Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy said: “In other news…I’m meeting with @marksandspencer today at 1pm with @DianaJohnsonMP and @KarlTurnerMP to discuss their decision to close the store in #Hull.” 

In a full council meeting this month, Hull council leader Steve Brady said the authority would “pull out all the stops” to ensure Marks and Spencer relocates to a new site in Hull.

Councillor Brady said it was clear M&S’ preferred option was to relocate to another city centre site.

“We want to see them remain in the city centre and we will continue to work with whoever it takes to try to make sure this happens."

He said the current store’s closure would be a blow to Whitefriargate.

“Its presence in Whitefriargate will be sorely missed and  presents a long-term challenge to that part of the city  .

“We are talking to people, local developers, to look at ways and means to change the whole face of Whitefriargate and I am sure that will be successful but this decision by Marks & Spencer certainly brings more urgency to this lovely part of the city.

“However, I'm sure we can achieve that.”

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