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Yet Another NW Warehouse Closure: This Time Marks & Spencer


Marks & Spencer is planning to close its 107K SF clothing distribution warehouse at Woolston, Warrington.

The high street giant is the third retailer to announce the closure of a North West warehouse in as many working days.

The move — which sees the retailer consolidate its clothing business into fewer U.K. sites — came on the same day that Kleeneze fell into administration, leading to the likely closure of its 101K SF Greater Manchester warehouse at Heywood Distribution Park.

The decision also comes rapidly after Sports Direct revealed plans to close 1.5M SF of Greater Manchester warehousing and relocate to a new Midlands base.

Whilst for Sports Direct this meant leaving predominantly older mill space, the M&S Warrington depot had approval for improvements granted in December 2016.

It is operated by third-party logistics specialist XPO Logistics with transport operations provided by DHL. Both XPO and DHL have now entered a period of consultation with approximately 450 staff who work on site, North West Business Insider reports.