MARKS and Spencer in Barrow is officially closing its doors for the last time.

The foodhall and clothing store in Dalton Road is bidding farewell to its customers after more than 100 years of trading.

The closure was confirmed last year by M&S bosses who revealed the Barrow store was one of 100 earmarked for closure by 2022.

The store was initially set to close in November 2019 to coincide with the opening of a new M&S foodhall at the Beehive site in Ulverston.

However due to construction delays the completion date was then put back with bosses only revealing the opening would be in the Spring. In October The Mail revealed a revised date of March 2020 but this was pushed further back once again due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ulverston foodhall is due to open tomorrow to allow continuity for customers and staff.

Staff from Barrow have been offered the opportunity to transfer to the Ulverston foodhall which will have a workforce of 70.

Store manager Simon Craig, who has worked at M&S for 36 years, said: “My team and I are really excited about our new store in Ulverston.

“We’ll be working hard to provide outstanding service and help make every penny count for the community.”

The store will be open Monday to Saturday, 8am until 8pm, and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

An M&S spokeswoman said, “We understand the M&S Barrow closure may be disappointing for some in the local community, however tomorrow we are opening our brand new M&S Foodhall at the Beehive Business Park in Ulverston just a short drive away.

“Most colleagues have transferred to M&S Ulverston and we all hope to see lots of familiar faces at the new store.”