MOVES are being made by Huntingdonshire District Council to prevent M&S from closing its Simply Food store in Huntingdon. The national chain announced on Wednesday that it was closing 27 branches, including the Huntingdon store where 29 people are

MOVES are being made by Huntingdonshire District Council to prevent M&S from closing its Simply Food store in Huntingdon.

The national chain announced on Wednesday that it was closing 27 branches, including the Huntingdon store where 29 people are employed.

However, HDC is not prepared to let M&S leave the town without a fight.

Corrine Garbett, Huntingdonshire District Council's acting head of policy, said she wanted to talk to M&S to try to persuade the company to stay in the town.

"The Woolworth and M&S closures are national things. They don't reflect what's happening locally, where we have a number of independent retailers opening up, including two wine shops, a Polish delicatessen and a furniture store in just the past few weeks," she said.

M&S is also closing a branch in the Grafton Centre in Cambridge. The Simply Food branch of M&S in St Neots will remain.