M&Co to close stores – including Shaftesbury and Blandford

CLOTHES shop M&Co is closing all of its stores – including in Shaftesbury, Blandford, Christchurch and Warminster.

The chain has announced all 170 outlets will shut this spring, with around 2,000 jobs set to go.

M&Co went into administration at the end of last year and has been bought by AK Retail Holdings – owner of plus-size firm Yours Clothing – in a deal which didn’t include the premises.

Posts by various stores on Facebook announced the closures.

They said: “Unfortunately we haven’t received the news we would have hoped for during our administration period, and would like to share this news with you.

“As we haven’t received any funded, deliverable offers that would result in the transfer of the company’s stores or staff to a potential buyer, this means that all of our stores will close.”

M&Co was initially called Mackays after being established in Scotland in 1834.

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