Accrington town centre’s flagship Marks and Spencer store will shut its doors at the end of the month, it’s been confirmed.
The flagship store will cease trading on Wednesday, March 30, after 54 years trading in the town.
Campaigners collected over 3,000 signatures against the closure, claiming it could lead to the ‘slow death’ of the town centre, when the shock announcement was first made in December 2014 .
Ray Goldstone, president of the Hyndburn Chamber of Trade, said: “It’s a sad day, but there’s nothing we can do about it.
“It’s the end of an era for Accrington.”
All staff at the store have been offered positions at the new site at the new Simply Food store at the New Hall Hey retail park in Rawtenstall, due to open on Thursday, March 31 , or at other nearby stores.
An M and S spokesperson said: “The decision to close our Accrington store and open a new store in Rawtenstall was not one that we took lightly. The new store will offer a much bigger M and S food offer and an improved shopping experience, including free parking.”
Following the initial announcement a meeting between town hall chiefs and the company failed to convince Marks bosses to keep the store open.
The store was initially due to close in Spring 2015, but delays with the new site gave its loyal customers one last Christmas.
Suzanne Vost, store manager at M and S Foodhall Rawtenstall, has previously worked in the Accrington store.
She said: “We are all looking forward to welcoming new and old customers through our doors very soon and getting involved with our local community through fundraising and charity work over the next 12 months.”