Council Leader Phil North has spoken today of his “profound disappointment” if M&S decide to close the Andover store.
Speaking on his Facebook page, TVBC Leader Phil North said “North West Hampshire MP, Kit Malthouse and TVBC Leader, Councillor Phil North met with Marks & Spencer Retail Director, Sacha Berendji, in Parliament today to continue to press the case for Marks & Spencer to retain a presence in Andover High Street.”
He added, “M&S reiterated their desire to retain a ‘food presence’ in Andover and believed that they would be able to sublet their existing store to a High Street multiple if the closure did proceed.”
They did, however, rule out ideas such as subdividing the existing store to accommodate a Simply Food outlet. They considered that the amount of investment necessary in plant and equipment would make it uneconomic.
You can read the full post on Phil North’s Facebook page.