City setback

M&S closing Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street store

Marks & Spencer opened in 1935 in the Art Deco style

Marks & and Spencer is closing one of its branches in Glasgow in a further blow to one of the city centre’s best-known locations.

The branch in Sauchiehall Street is scheduled to shut in April under a review of the retail chain’s property portfolio.

In May last year it announced that 30 stores would close, many of them in town and city centres. Earlier this month the company shut a flagship store in Bristol.

M&S blamed “changing shopping habits”, but said it would continue to invest in 12 other stores in Glasgow, including its Argyle Street branch.

David Bates, M&S regional manager, said: “Shopping habits are changing, and this means we need to focus our investment on the right stores in the right places so we can provide the very best shopping experience for our Glasgow customers.

“As part of this transformation, we have today announced to colleagues our proposals to close our Sauchiehall Street store in April 2022. 

“This decision means we can invest in our 12 other Glasgow stores including nearby M&S Argyle Street – so we keep pace with the demands of our customers today and in the future.

“Our priority now is to talk to our colleagues about what this announcement means for them and to support them through these changes.”

The Sauchiehall Street branch was the first Scottish branch of the retailer with an instore café. It retains the upper frontage of the Art Deco building which opened in November 1935 and helped turn Sauchiehall Street into one of the city’s fashionable shopping and destination areas.

In recent years there have been attempts to revive the street which has fallen into decline with the former Bhs building left derelict and Watt Brothers departing in 2019.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This latest high street closure is yet another sign of the damage that we are continuing to see amid pandemic restrictions.

“The closure of Marks and Spencer will come as a significant blow for Sauchiehall Street, highlighting the impact that the drop in footfall we have experienced across our struggling city centres has had on businesses.

“We may now have reached the time for coordinated intervention to reverse Sauchiehall Street’s decline.”

3 Comments to M&S closing Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street store

  1. I blame Glasgow district council for much of the decline in our city centre. They have for years imposed draconian parking charges, and recently along with Aberdeen and Edinburgh removed free parking on a Sunday. They now plan a low emission zone which will further damage a struggling market place in the city centre. Their short-sighted attitude beggars belief. I know that the world has changed with the internet, and shopping malls. Also M&S has diluted its market spread by moving from just two stores in Glasgow to twelve. But spending millions on landscaping the town centre is wasteful when it has to compete with large shopping malls around its perimeter, whilst being burdened with excessive counterproductive car parking charges.

    • Totally agree . Sauchiehall st is now a dreadfully depressing area . Look also at BHS. It’s covered in graffiti . Poor show useless GCC . What was the point in planting trees along the street . Place is cringeworthy

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