MARKS & SPENCERS is set to close its flagship Aberdeen store on St Nicholas Street in 2025, dealing a blow to the city’s retail landscape.
Scottish Conservative North East MSP Liam Kerr, who raised concerns about the store’s future in a meeting with the retailer last year, expressed his dismay: “It’s devastating that Marks & Spencer is to close its St Nicholas Street store and there is no doubt that this is a blow for the city.”
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The closure follows the withdrawal of brands like John Lewis and the closure of chains such as Debenhams and BHS, leaving a significant void in Aberdeen’s city center.
“M&S has been based in Aberdeen since 1944 and formed a pivotal part of the regeneration of our city,” Kerr noted. While he welcomed the news that no redundancies would occur and staff would move to an extended Union Square store, he stressed the need to prevent the vacant building from deteriorating.
“This decision will have drastic consequences for both Union Street and the two shopping centers next door, which is why I will continue to push the Scottish Government to introduce a 75% rates relief for businesses in the city.”
Marks & Spencer confirmed the closure as part of a £15 million plan to expand the nearby Union Square branch, viewed as an anchor to the central shopping district. The company closed 68 stores in the UK in 2021, prompting concerns from locals and politicians about the fate of the Aberdeen store. MSP Kerr has officially lodged an FMQ today about the closure.