The North Devon Gazette has reported that Marks & Spencer is to close its outlet store at Bideford’s Affinity Devon (formerly Atlantic Village). This is a shame as it is probably the highlight of the outlet village.
The lease is up for renewal next year and Marks & Spencer has confirmed it will not be renewing. Staff (or colleagues as they are known) will be redeployed to Barnstaple and other ‘nearby’ stores.
To be fair, the outlet village is often very quiet, so maybe there simply is not enough trade to keep the M & S there going. Additionally, many people have discussed the demise of M & S fashion for some time. Tough times in the clothing industry.