HUNTINGDON shoppers were shocked by Marks & Spencer s decision to close its Simply Food store in the town. The shop – which employs 29 people – is one of 27 the retailer intends to close at locations across the country. I m pretty shocked by it all, sai

HUNTINGDON shoppers were shocked by Marks & Spencer's decision to close its Simply Food store in the town.

The shop - which employs 29 people - is one of 27 the retailer intends to close at locations across the country.

"I'm pretty shocked by it all," said Joan Alexander, 77, retired, from Hartford. "I wouldn't like it to happen at all.

"Every time we come to town they are such a friendly bunch of staff here and the food is good quality and good value. We hate to see another high street icon disappear."

Jean Wright, 77, and her friend Maureen Anderson, 73, both retired and from Godmanchester, said they "love coming here".

"We love the food and the quality. There are no additives, colours or any of that rubbish in it. I would be horrified if it closed.

"We are shocked and it's not something we expected," said Chris Tasker, 71, retired, from Huntingdon. "I'm dismayed as I come here nearly every day. You can get good, high quality stuff from here. I hoped that they would buy the Woollies store and I can't understand why this is happening. We're losing all the nicest shops and being left with all the tacky ones."

Diane Cook, 49, from Huntingdon, said she thought it was "one of the best shops around".

"It's a bit more expensive than other shops but it's better stuff and I quite like it so it will be a shame to see it go."

"It's a horrible thing to see it close," said John Mathew, 73, a retired ex-RAF serviceman, from Sawtry. "I come into Huntingdon to use M&S and as I use the buses I don't want to go all the way to Peterborough to shop."

Sylvia Ellis, 81, retired, from Huntingdon, said she thought this branch of M&S would not be affected by the closures. "I find the prices a little high but I still come here regularly to get something a bit nicer. They have different food here and it's a shame to see it close. Lots of people come into town to shop here."

"I'm disappointed about it because I use the store a lot," said Norma Smith, 70, retired, from Huntingdon. "I get lots of stuff here and I especially enjoy their puddings. I didn't expect it to be closing as I thought it did all right as there are always people in there.