Marks and Spencer releases update on future of Hull store
Marks and Spencer in Whitefriargate, Hull city centre
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Apr 2019
One of the cornerstones of shopping in Hull city centre for much of the last century is to close this week - but a new retailer could be ready to step in to save 40, Whitefriargate.
Marks and Spencer has seen hundreds of thousands of Hullensians enter its doors during most of the 20th and early part of the 21st century - but a new name above the door could be set to breathe fresh life into the building.
The company, which owns the store, made the Whitefriargate site part of their national disposal strategy before confirming its closure which will happen on Saturday, May 4.
While they lease some of their range of shops across the country, they own their Hull department store and now say they are hoping to share an update soon on its future.
Marks and Spencer (Image: Katie Pugh)
M&S are marketing their property to try and find a buyer although Garry Taylor, Hull City Council's city manager for major projects and infrastructure, told the BBC on Monday that it has already been sold.
Mr Taylor also revealed that the authority were in talks with M&S over the possibility of moving into the new Albion Square development.
He said: "The existing M&S is sold to, I believe, another retailer. They've sold it. It was part of their national disposal strategy and it, unfortunately, was one of the few they could sell, in terms of their smaller stores that don't meet their current format.
"As we've said before, we are in negotiations with Marks and Spencer and we would like to land them on the Albion Square scheme but if not we're looking at other localities."
When it closes, the nearest M&S store to Hull offering a similar range of products will be in Scunthorpe, while mainly food based stores will remain in Anlaby, Beverley and at Kingswood.