Seven jobs go as Totnes M&Co fashion store closes
FASHION retailer M&Co is closing its Totnes store with the loss of seven jobs.
The firm, with 300 outlets around the country, has confirmed entering consultation with its employees at the Totnes high street store.A spokeswoman for the company said: “We can confirm that the M&Co Totnes store will be closing.
“This has been a very recent decision and we are in the process of consulting with our staff and are trying to relocate as many of them as possible to alternative stores. Our customers can continue to shop with M&Co in our Dartmouth store on Victoria Road or online.”
The news has come as a blow to the historic market town as it would leave yet another large commercial unit empty on the high street.
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M&Co took over the former Woolworths site when the firm went bust. M&Co and the former Greenlife store are the town’s two largest shops. Greenlife has been empty for three years.
There is no indication from the 50-year-old company as to when the store will close but many traders believe having two large empty shops on the high street cannot be good for business.
Totnes Mayor Pruw Harper-Boswell said: “I’m really sorry to see yet another shopping outlet go, particularly with the loss of valuable jobs. It underlines the wisdom of the old saying ‘Use it or lose it’.
“We can only try and hope that we can prevent the permanent loss of the type of retail space that vital to the economic health of Totnes.”
For further reactions and comments see the Herald Express on Thursday March 28.