As they are closing 100 stores in the next 4 years, will this damage High Street shopping further? It seems inevitable. I know they are not all High Street stores, but their stores often anchor the High Street offering. Will we miss them? What’s gone so badly wrong with their clothing?
Yes I think it will change the high street. I am petite and they used to do a great range but not anymore and the short length are still too long. I find their clothes frumpy and poorly made, I bought two cardigans which are shapeless. Their clothes used to feel good quality and last for years. I don't see many people in the clothing dept at my local big store but the food area and the two cafe are always packed.
I miss decent fabrics. Cashmere is OK, but no pure wool and classic tailoring is sadly lacking. Wool trousers are more or less a thing of the past. I tend to think many shops are full of stuff that no-one wears. It's not expensive but it tends to look cheap too. I'm not sure that's what M and S should be. I think their shops are huge and their displays are woeful. Has not changed for years.
I think going down the "brands" line is confusing. If I want a crisp shirt, I want to look in shirts. Or, as in other shops, colour co-ordinated looks. I don't care if they are premium "branded" or not. I can look at price and fabric and decide for myself.
I was amazed they closed Bournemouth. It shouuld be full of their type of customer. It was dreadful. I cannot understand why they do not understand how cothes should be displayed.
I agree with all the zillions of different sections I don’t want to traipse all over a store (3 floors in our local one) just to look for tee shirts, I want all the tee shirts they do in one place. I can soon find styles I like but I’m not doing my 10,000 steps in an attempt to find them.
Reasons for it's demiiiise are very well documented on MN. I will miss it aaass ii missed Woolworths-Never shopped there but was comforted by it's presence. When they close the store in DM&DF's town (in 2018-19) the high street will be royally fucked. Town is now full of pound shops, charity shops, cafes, empty units and foreign supermarkets. I am actually rather worried over the future of the place though thankfully DM (Who ADORES M&S) and DF will be moving away from said town soon. The shite M&S have been turning out these past 10/15 years have led me to comment often that it is like they are being sabotaged by their own designers.