As you may have seen already, M&S is planning on closing it’s Simply Food store in Ruislip in the near future. As the local residents’ association we have partnered with Ruislip Chamber of Commerce to ask M&S to reconsider this decision. We have had a meeting with our MP, Nick Hurd, and local councillors to discuss what we can do, and have written a joint letter to the chairman of Marks and Spencer, Archie Norman, setting out why we think the decision is wrong for both Ruislip and Marks and Spencer. There is a link to the complete letter below, but here is an extract:
We were shocked to hear that Marks & Spencer are planning to close our “M&S Simply Food” shop this summer. We had an emergency meeting last Friday to discuss the matter, which our MP, Rt Hon Nick Hurd, attended. We decided to write to you to set out why we think this decision is wrong for Ruislip and for Marks & Spencer.
Our Marks & Spencer store opened in 2003 and has since become a vital part of our High Street. It acts as a magnet for Ruislip – attracting many people from the local area who wish to buy food in your shop, and who then stay and perhaps buy other goods from the nearby shops, have a coffee or a snack, meet friends, etc. It forms a very important focus for people in the town who do not drive as they can walk to the shop and home again without much difficulty. It is unlikely these people will be able to get to your stores in Uxbridge or Pinner, so you will just lose their business, meaning less money for you, and a reduction in quality of life for them.
We are supporting a petition set up by a local resident on change.org, please sign it if you support us: Stop Marks & Spencer’s Food Closing in Ruislip!
To spread the news and tell people how they can help we are also producing a joint flyer, which will be distributed from shops in the High Street.*