Marks & Spencer closures: We spoke to Wolverhampton shoppers to see if M&S has lost its sparkle

This is not just any stores closure announcement, this is a Marks & Spencer store closures announcement. And it means around 60 towns and cities around the country face a disastrous blow to their high streets.

At a time when town centres are already struggling to cling on to their big names the loss of another department store will leave a gaping hole in the street scene, even if it is replaced by a high class Simply Food store.

In the Black Country the big M&S stores at Wolverhampton, Walsall and Merry Hill are in the firing line. M&S have said they have ‘no cold hard list’ of stores that could face closure, which will be of little comfort to the chain’s staff at its 304 ‘full-line’ stores around the country.

Coming in the wake of BHS’s crash, it puts towns and smaller cities in a tough position. In Wolverhampton, M&S in Dudley Street sits almost opposite the now empty three-storey former BHS store.

Reports this week said the Merry Hill store could one of those at risk.

The Express & Star spoke to shoppers in Wolverhampton to get their thoughts.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Try our beta site!

We’re getting ready to launch our brand new website for and we’d like to give you a sneak preview.

We’re still applying the finishing touches, so please bear with us if something’s not quite right.

We'd love to hear your thoughts, good or bad, via the simple feedback button that you'll see to the right side of every page.

Try the beta