It would be a travesty if Scarborough lost its Marks & Spencer store.
However, I was surprised that Scarborough Council’s investment manager stated that when he came to the town he was surprised to see such a retailer present in such a ‘small seaside town’.
I would never describe Scarborough as a small town.
North Yorkshire boasts 29 towns and there are 12 towns in East Yorkshire. With a population of 61,000, according to the 2011 census, Scarborough is the second largest of these 41 towns after Harrogate.
Scarborough is also larger than dozens of British cities, including Canterbury, Durham and Winchester.
Marks & Spencer traditionally aimed for a department store in towns with a population over 20,000 and on the Yorkshire coast also had stores in Bridlington which is still trading, and Redcar.
Even Goole with a population of just 18,000 once had a Marks & Spencer department store.
Hopefully the M&S store will survive in its current format.
But whatever the plans for the town’s store any decision can be perhaps be swayed by increased sales.