Retail staff at a major high street retailer are preparing to move north as part of expansion plans.
Staff from the M&S department store in South Shields will be relocated to North Tyneside when the store closes next month.
M&S in King Street in South Shields, has announced it will close on Saturday, March 29.
Its 37 staff will be relocated to M&S’s larger store at Silverlink retail park as part of plans to extend the current store at the site.
Barbara Heslop, Marks & Spencer’s regional manager for the north east, said: “We’re creating a bigger, better store at Silverlink that will serve all of our customers’ needs.
“As a result, we are relocating our South Shields team and closing our store there.
“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we believe extending our Silverlink store is the right decision for M&S and our customers.”
The business was one of the oldest in South Shields, having been there since 1934, and is the latest in a long line of shops to move out of King Street, with others including Game, Currys, Evans and JJB Sports.