Politicians urge Marks and Spencer to open food store in Rugby

M&S will be closing its town centre store in autumn next year
M&S will be closing its town centre store in autumn next year
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Politicians from the three main parties have urged Marks and Spencer to stay in Rugby.

MP Mark Pawsey met with M&S bosses in parliament recently to discuss the possibility of the retailer opening a Simply M&S food store in the town centre.

The company will close its branch in High Street in autumn next year and move to a bigger store in Elliott’s Field Retail Park, off Leicester Road.

Labour Cllr Claire Edwards, Lib Dem Cllr Jerry Roodhouse and Mr Pawsey have written a joint letter to Marks and Spencer.

Cllr Edwards said: “I have been approached by a number of people concerned over M&S moving out of the town centre.

“M&S has very loyal food customers, many of whom are older and less mobile, and find it convenient to park in Little Church Street and shop for high quality goods like ready meals for one, which aren’t easily found elsewhere.

“A smaller food-only store would help them and keep some footfall in the town centre.”

Cllr Roodhouse said: “I am supporting the call for M&S to retain at least a food store in Rugby town centre.

“We have sent a joint letter seeking a meeting and urging them to stay in town.”

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