Breaking news: Chamber urges M&S to stay in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:09 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

HONITON and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to the regional manager of Marks and Spencer – to complain about the proposed closure of the shop chain s Simply Food outlet in Lace Walk and to ask for a change of heart. Ralph Hibbert, ch

HONITON and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to the regional manager of Marks and Spencer - to complain about the proposed closure of the shop chain's Simply Food outlet in Lace Walk and to ask for a change of heart.

Ralph Hibbert, chairman of the chamber, said his members were deeply disappointed by the closure announcement.

He told Neil Hyslop, of M&S, in the letter: "The chamber has considered your store to be a major asset to our town and I am personally aware that your presence in Honiton attracts 'out of town' customers into Honiton from which all traders benefit.

"A quality store such as yours would be sorely missed and the purpose of my letter is to ask if there is any thing which can be done to persuade Marks and Spencer to reverse their decision?

"I am aware that Miss Sara Randall Johnson, leader of East Devon District Council, is in touch with your head of public affairs to see if a way can be found to save the Honiton store. The chamber supports her lead and her efforts in this venture."

Mr Hibbert has also written to Miss Johnson, stating the chamber would be willing to send a representative to any meeting she can arrange with M&S bosses.


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