One of our high-street favourites, Marks & Spencer, have revealed that they may be axing their in-house Per Una range, alongside some of their other labels.
The store admitted that they were conducting a review as part of the brand’s huge new overhaul – and were considering shutting down some of their most-well known labels.
M&S revealed they would be evaluating the future of their Per Una range, their Limited Edition collection, and the Blue Harbour range, as part of their review.
However, it confessed that the Per Una range is most at risk, as the brand attempt to turn around the prospects of their clothing ranges.
Per Una, a collection aimed at under-35s, became one of the brand’s biggest success stories when it launched in 2001. But it appears now, it could be facing the end of the line.
A spokesperson for M&S has told the Telegraph, “We’re continuing to review our sub-brands, some of which have lost their identity in recent years, in order to provide great value choices for stylish wardrobe essentials to our customers.”
The news comes just weeks after Marks & Spencer announced the sad news that they will be closing a range of stores across the UK.
M&S shops also set to close:
Earlier this year, we revealed that the popular retailer would be shutting down 14 shops. This included two in the Greater Manchester area – the Stockport and Denton shops, which closed April 21st.
And now, the retailer has revealed that they will be closing 100 more stores in the next four years, as part of their new restructuring plan.
So far, Marks & Spencer has revealed just 14 of the shops set to close before 2022 – including many located in London. The following are thought to be some of the retailer’s worst-performing.
So is your local M&S shop set to close?
The following 14 stores are confirmed to be closing down – so is yours on the list?
M&S are shutting down their stores in:
– East Kilbride
– Bayswater, London
– Fleetwood (Outlet store)
– Holloway Road, north London
– Newton Abbot (Outlet store)
– New Mersey Speke
– Stockton, County Durham
– Clacton-on-sea, Essex
So far, 21 Marks & Spencer stores have closed, after the popular high-street retailer announced plans for a revamp in 2016.
Eight shops shut down in April, Birkenhead in Merseyside, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach in Pembrokeshire, London’s Putney, Stockport, Denton, and the store in Redditch, Worcestershire. The stores are said to be some of Marks & Sparks’ lowest-performing.
News of the most recent store closures has been swiftly followed the news that M&S may also be closing down some of their in-house fashion ranges.
Which other stores could close?
As part of Marks & Spencer’s huge overhaul, back in March, it was reported that a further eight stores were being considered for closure. They were the Andover store in Hampshire, the shop in Basildon, Essex, Bridlington in East Yorkshire, Keighley in West Yorkshire, Fareham, and Falmouth, in Cornwall. It’s not yet known if these stores will be part of the 100 stores set to close before 2022.
Sacha Berendji, director of Retail at M&S commented on the latest closures, saying, “We are making good progress with our plans to reshape our store estate to be more relevant to our customers and support our online growth plans.
“Where we have closed stores, we are seeing an encouraging number of customers moving to nearby stores and enjoying shopping with us in a better environment, which is why we’re continuing to transform our estate with pace.”
Of course, Marks & Spencer is not only a customer-favourite, but is also hugely popular with the royal family.
Back in 2017, Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, caused one of their £45 jumpers to sell out, after she wore it on a visit to Brixton.
The bell-sleeve Autograph sweater was quickly snapped up by customers in stores and online, and it is still out of stock online.