Published: 18th Jan 2019

North Somerset Council has defended its decision to buy a shopping centre after retail giant Marks and Spencer announced its local store is earmarked for closure. Marks and Spencer revealed earlier this week that it is proposing to close 17 stores around the country, as part of a reorganisation plan, including its town centre branch in Weston-super-mare. The branch is on Weston High Street, but is also accessible through the Sovereign Shopping Centre. In August, New Start reported that North Somerset Council had joined forces with Legal and General to buy the shopping centre. At the time, the local authority said the deal would generate an income of £1m a year which will be put back into vital local public services. Responding to the latest announcement by the retail chain, North Somerset Council said in a statement it was ‘fully aware’ of the possibility that Marks and Spencer might close … (To read the full article, subscribe below)