Council to press case to keep Marks and Spencer store in Basildon
CLLR Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council Chair of Policy and Resources Committee, has explained how the council will respond to the news that Marks and Spencer is considering closing its store in Basildon Town Centre:
“The news that Marks and Spencer may close its store in Basildon is terrible,” said Cllr Callaghan. “It’s a kick in the teeth for those shoppers who value the store and use it regularly now, for those who work in the store and a blow for the town centre as whole.
“It comes at a time when the town centre’s future is looking bright. The new market will be opening soon, new retailers like B&M are expanding the offer and our exciting plans for a cinema-led regeneration of East Square are progressing rapidly.
“That’s why I and council officers will be doing all we can to press the case to Marks and Spencer to keep its Basildon store open. The company has announced it is consulting staff on a possible closure. This is not yet a done deal and we still have a chance to convince Marks and Spencer bosses to back Basildon.”