I have called on M&S to reconsider Fareham Shopping Centre store closure

I have written to Archie Norman to urge him to rethink the decision to close the M&S in Fareham Shopping Centre. 

M&S is one of the main retailers at Fareham Shopping Centre, helping to make it as thriving as it is as well as being popular with local customers.

It would be a great shame to see it leave and it would be a disaster for the 58 people employed there, who are at risk of redundancy. I have requested greater clarity on the future of staff at the branch and how they will be supported if the plans go ahead.

The announcement comes as part of a national programme of closures, as the brand seeks to modernise, move more consumers now shopping online.