M&S Dorchester store closes as part of national shake-up

image captionThere had been an M&S store in Dorchester for more than 80 years

Marks & Spencer's Dorchester store has opened for the final time as the company continues to restructure.

The retailer previously said 53 staff were affected by the closure of the branch in South Street.

It is part of the company's plan to shut more than 100 stores by 2022.

An online petition against the closure gathered more than 5,000 signatures. The food and clothing store in South Street shut at 16:00.

A company spokesman said: "The closure is a difficult but necessary part of reshaping our store estate, to ensure all our stores meet the needs of customers today - and those of tomorrow.

"We value the feedback from our customers and community, and our priority is supporting our great team."

There had been an M&S store in Dorset's county town since 1936.

image captionMore than 5,000 people signed a petition to keep the store open

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