UPDATE: Woolwich M&S to close, with Lewisham store losing a floor

This Is Local London: Woolwich M&S to close, with Lewisham store losing a floor Woolwich M&S to close, with Lewisham store losing a floor

Greenwich Council is seeking an urgent meeting with M&S over "bizarre" plans to close its Woolwich store in a blow to the area's regeneration.

The Powis Street outlet shop could shut its doors as early as August after the chain announced it was restructuring its outlet business.

And the changes are also expected to see the two-floor Lewisham's M&S close its upper outlet level, with only the ground floor remaining open to shoppers.

With Crossrail on the horizon, Woolwich town centre has been transformed in recent years with new squares, an enormous Tesco and civic centre.

But the M&S store - which marks its centenary this year - seems to have fallen victim to cost-cutting. Last month the organisation's chief executive Marc Bolland revealed a 4 per cent decline in underlying pre-tax profit - the third successive year of decline.

The Woolwich branch's 53 staff are being consulted, with a closure expected to follow in the summer.

Woolwich workers, along with the Lewisham outlet floor's 27 employees will be redeployed elsewhere in M&S, the company says.

A Greenwich Council spokeswoman said: "We are shocked at this bizarre decision and extremely disappointed that Marks and Spencer did not discuss it with us.

"Woolwich is a town undergoing a great transformation and is seeing regeneration and investment on a massive scale. The decision therefore seems both ill timed and ill informed.

"The town has a clear and coherent strategy for economic growth and a development master plan which is already coming to fruition. It is a time when businesses are coming to the town and are opening new premises.

"The council has sought an urgent meeting with senior representatives in the company which we hope will take place before the end of next week".

A spokesman for M&S said: "Our outlet clearance business needs fewer stores because more people are shopping online at mandsoutlet.com and our clothing team is managing stock levels better than ever before.

"Therefore, after much consideration, we have made a proposal to close our M&S outlet store in Woolwich and the top floor M&S outlet operation at our store in Lewisham.

"If the proposal goes ahead, all 80 colleagues will be offered positions in other M&S stores."

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11:21am Tue 3 Jun 14

Virtual-Monster says...

The Woolwich M&S has been getting grottier and more run down each time I go in there and looked to me to be in the final throws of life. Shame really because I like their sandwiches but not the huge queues to pay for them.
The Woolwich M&S has been getting grottier and more run down each time I go in there and looked to me to be in the final throws of life. Shame really because I like their sandwiches but not the huge queues to pay for them. Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 26

11:43am Tue 3 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

M & S, only old people go there anymore. You can smell pissy draws and hear the gnashing dentures when you walk through the door.
M & S, only old people go there anymore. You can smell pissy draws and hear the gnashing dentures when you walk through the door. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0

11:58am Tue 3 Jun 14

Simon bald says...

Just like that crappy little sainsburys M and S suffered at the hands of the massive Tesco. Surprised either were still trading
Just like that crappy little sainsburys M and S suffered at the hands of the massive Tesco. Surprised either were still trading Simon bald
  • Score: 9

12:31pm Tue 3 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

M&S = Too shoddy good
too much outdated goods
expensive foods
expensive prices all round
No wonder they are going down the pan.
This would not surprise me in the least. I wonder how the other stores manage to stay open?
M&S = Too shoddy good too much outdated goods expensive foods expensive prices all round No wonder they are going down the pan. This would not surprise me in the least. I wonder how the other stores manage to stay open? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -6

12:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ms day says...

GREENWICH COUNCIL GAVE FULL PLANNING CONSENT FOR NEW MARKS SPENCER SUPERSTORE AT CHARLTON .IT IS OBVIOUS THEY WILL CLOSE WOOLWICH .GREENWICH COUNCIL DONT CARE FOR WOOLWICH TOWN CENTRE ONLY THERE OWN PROFIT .
GREENWICH COUNCIL GAVE FULL PLANNING CONSENT FOR NEW MARKS SPENCER SUPERSTORE AT CHARLTON .IT IS OBVIOUS THEY WILL CLOSE WOOLWICH .GREENWICH COUNCIL DONT CARE FOR WOOLWICH TOWN CENTRE ONLY THERE OWN PROFIT . ms day
  • Score: 37

2:05pm Tue 3 Jun 14

mrnubcake says...

This isn't just a store closure...

This is a filthy, grotty run down M&S store closure.
This isn't just a store closure... This is a filthy, grotty run down M&S store closure. mrnubcake
  • Score: 20

5:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

They told Gravesend they wanted to close that one as well. That is in the news locally too

Basically they are shutting high streets.

Boycott the stores in Bluewater etc and tell them what to do with their business plan
They told Gravesend they wanted to close that one as well. That is in the news locally too Basically they are shutting high streets. Boycott the stores in Bluewater etc and tell them what to do with their business plan Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 53

11:25pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Dimpydibbles says...

Some of the comments on here amaze me. Instead of moaning about Woolwich and then putting the boot in further, why not try to do something about improving it?
Some of the comments on here amaze me. Instead of moaning about Woolwich and then putting the boot in further, why not try to do something about improving it? Dimpydibbles
  • Score: 29

6:57pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Myopinion2014 says...

Sign the petition and help save woolwich store , with a bit of TLC it could be a great store in a great location

http://www.petitions
24.com/save_mands_wo
olwich
Sign the petition and help save woolwich store , with a bit of TLC it could be a great store in a great location http://www.petitions 24.com/save_mands_wo olwich Myopinion2014
  • Score: 17

11:43pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Hilawa says...

I don't think Marks and Spencer have thought this through - Woolwich is definitely a growth area and there is a good case for developing M&S rather than pulling out. Other companies are investing in Woolwich so why have M&S come to a different conclusion? If Outlets have out-lived their usefulness, why not change it to a mainstream store with the facility to collect online orders? Not everyone wants to drive to an out-of-town mall - don't take the heart out of our town centres!
I don't think Marks and Spencer have thought this through - Woolwich is definitely a growth area and there is a good case for developing M&S rather than pulling out. Other companies are investing in Woolwich so why have M&S come to a different conclusion? If Outlets have out-lived their usefulness, why not change it to a mainstream store with the facility to collect online orders? Not everyone wants to drive to an out-of-town mall - don't take the heart out of our town centres! Hilawa
  • Score: 12

5:55am Fri 6 Jun 14

The Original Ranter says...

M & S, only old people go there anymore. You can smell pissy draws and hear the gnashing dentures when you walk through the door.

What an unpleasant comment - but not surprising given the author's commenting history on any article.
M & S, only old people go there anymore. You can smell pissy draws and hear the gnashing dentures when you walk through the door. What an unpleasant comment - but not surprising given the author's commenting history on any article. The Original Ranter
  • Score: 26

3:08pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Landau lady says...

I could not believe the news of the proposed closure and was shocked to read some of the comments posted here Perhaps the writer of one would like to note that I have my own teeth and always have clean knickers. (I doubt if they could spell that word as they cannot even correctly spell the colloquial version.)

The staff at the store are always very helpful, cheerful and know their customers.

It is up to us, the customers, to make the Head Office realise it would be a mistake to close this branch.
I could not believe the news of the proposed closure and was shocked to read some of the comments posted here Perhaps the writer of one would like to note that I have my own teeth and always have clean knickers. (I doubt if they could spell that word as they cannot even correctly spell the colloquial version.) The staff at the store are always very helpful, cheerful and know their customers. It is up to us, the customers, to make the Head Office realise it would be a mistake to close this branch. Landau lady
  • Score: 13

11:29am Sun 8 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Landau lady wrote:
I could not believe the news of the proposed closure and was shocked to read some of the comments posted here Perhaps the writer of one would like to note that I have my own teeth and always have clean knickers. (I doubt if they could spell that word as they cannot even correctly spell the colloquial version.)

The staff at the store are always very helpful, cheerful and know their customers.

It is up to us, the customers, to make the Head Office realise it would be a mistake to close this branch.
Keep your hair on Mrs please. I stand corrected. "DRAWERS"

You have to remember most of the time my comments are made on the fly while I'm multi tasking as I'm a very busy gentleman.

You aint got no railings and clean "drawers", you sound just like my type.
[quote][p][bold]Landau lady[/bold] wrote: I could not believe the news of the proposed closure and was shocked to read some of the comments posted here Perhaps the writer of one would like to note that I have my own teeth and always have clean knickers. (I doubt if they could spell that word as they cannot even correctly spell the colloquial version.) The staff at the store are always very helpful, cheerful and know their customers. It is up to us, the customers, to make the Head Office realise it would be a mistake to close this branch.[/p][/quote]Keep your hair on Mrs please. I stand corrected. "DRAWERS" You have to remember most of the time my comments are made on the fly while I'm multi tasking as I'm a very busy gentleman. You aint got no railings and clean "drawers", you sound just like my type. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 24

4:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Bob Goulding says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Landau lady wrote:
I could not believe the news of the proposed closure and was shocked to read some of the comments posted here Perhaps the writer of one would like to note that I have my own teeth and always have clean knickers. (I doubt if they could spell that word as they cannot even correctly spell the colloquial version.)

The staff at the store are always very helpful, cheerful and know their customers.

It is up to us, the customers, to make the Head Office realise it would be a mistake to close this branch.
Keep your hair on Mrs please. I stand corrected. "DRAWERS"

You have to remember most of the time my comments are made on the fly while I'm multi tasking as I'm a very busy gentleman.

You aint got no railings and clean "drawers", you sound just like my type.
Gentleman?... 'Labagiu' more like.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Landau lady[/bold] wrote: I could not believe the news of the proposed closure and was shocked to read some of the comments posted here Perhaps the writer of one would like to note that I have my own teeth and always have clean knickers. (I doubt if they could spell that word as they cannot even correctly spell the colloquial version.) The staff at the store are always very helpful, cheerful and know their customers. It is up to us, the customers, to make the Head Office realise it would be a mistake to close this branch.[/p][/quote]Keep your hair on Mrs please. I stand corrected. "DRAWERS" You have to remember most of the time my comments are made on the fly while I'm multi tasking as I'm a very busy gentleman. You aint got no railings and clean "drawers", you sound just like my type.[/p][/quote]Gentleman?... 'Labagiu' more like. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Bob Goulding.

This is Wiltshire.co.uk

www.dorsetecho.co.uk


www.borehamwoodtimes
.co.uk

www,birminghampost.c
o.uk

www.dailyecho.co.uk

Nothing better to do with ya sad life 'Bob' than troll the Newsquest sites have ya boi ?

Comemierda Bob.
Bob Goulding. This is Wiltshire.co.uk www.dorsetecho.co.uk www.borehamwoodtimes .co.uk www,birminghampost.c o.uk www.dailyecho.co.uk Nothing better to do with ya sad life 'Bob' than troll the Newsquest sites have ya boi ? Comemierda Bob. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -1

12:08pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Bob Goulding says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Bob Goulding.

This is Wiltshire.co.uk

www.dorsetecho.co.uk



www.borehamwoodtimes

.co.uk

www,birminghampost.c

o.uk

www.dailyecho.co.uk

Nothing better to do with ya sad life 'Bob' than troll the Newsquest sites have ya boi ?

Comemierda Bob.
A perfect self-portrait I would say, including the last bit.

If I am a troll then I must be the only one who hides behind his real name.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Bob Goulding. This is Wiltshire.co.uk www.dorsetecho.co.uk www.borehamwoodtimes .co.uk www,birminghampost.c o.uk www.dailyecho.co.uk Nothing better to do with ya sad life 'Bob' than troll the Newsquest sites have ya boi ? Comemierda Bob.[/p][/quote]A perfect self-portrait I would say, including the last bit. If I am a troll then I must be the only one who hides behind his real name. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 1

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