M&S set to close clothing distribution centres

Marks & Spencer is set to shut two of its clothing distribution centres, putting 662 jobs at risk.

The centres in Long Eaton in Derbyshire and Thorncliffe in Sheffield are set to close next year as part of a wider network restructuing to cut costs and improve stock availability.

The Long Eaton site is run by the logistics firm DHL, while Thorncliffe is managed by XPO.

Usdaw union area organiser Ed Leach commented that it will now enter into "meaningful consultations, where we will interrogate the business case and secure the best possible outcome for all affected”.

Last year, M&S told investors that its logistics network was too “complex and high cost” and slow to replenish stores.

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