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Marks and Spencer: Northampton photo shoot causes upset

Marks and Spencer: Northampton photo shoot causes upset
Marks and Spencer: Northampton photo shoot causes upsetImage copyright Facebook/Marks and Spencer
Image caption The store posted the image of the lady modelling a get dressed out of doors The Guildhall, the place the borough council is based totally, on its Facebook web page

Marks & Spencer has been criticised for the usage of a photo of a fashion posing close to one in every of its closed retail outlets.

The store posted the shot of an “Insider” – workers who advertise the logo by way of social media – out of doors Northampton’s Guildhall on its Facebook web page.

Locals have been fast to show the “ironic” location – only a three-minute stroll from the boarded-up shopfront.

M&S, which plans to near 100 retail outlets by means of 2022, stated the closure was once “vital”.

The retailer in Abingdon Street, 321m (352 yards) from the Guildhall, closed remaining August after 111 years within the the town.

Responding to the M&S Facebook put up, Russell Elderton stated there “used to be a perfectly good Northampton store” however now it was once “only good enough” for {a photograph}.

Amy Kingston McNamara wrote: “So you close the Northampton store but you’ll happily use our Guildhall for promo shots?”

Colin Grundy stated it was once “great to see M&S” in Northampton however added: “Shame your store is now boarded up.”

Helen Hickman famous the “irony” of the usage of “Northampton as a backdrop”.

Image caption Northampton citizens have criticised Marks and Spencer for the usage of a website online within the the town to {photograph} the fashion because the company has closed down its native retailer

An M&S spokeswoman stated the fashion was once an worker who lives close to Northampton.

“Reshaping in towns such as Northampton isn’t easy, and we recognise the impact it has on the community, but reshaping is vital for M&S and the 80,000 colleagues it employs,” she stated.

She stated Northampton nonetheless had a Simply Food outlet, and there have been retail outlets in Rushden Lakes, Milton Keynes and Rugby.

Tim Hadland, of Northampton Borough Council, stated M&S was once “welcome any time to use photos of our beautiful town”.

“The dress might well be lovely, but the Guildhall is out of this world,” he stated.

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