WARRINGTON’s three Marks and Spencer stores could be under threat of closure according to retail experts.

Analysts from the Local Data Company have compiled a list of Marks and Spencer stores that could be at risk of closure, with the branches in the town centre, Stockton Heath and Gemini Retail Park all included.

Mark and Spencer is planning to close 30 of its larger stores across the country, with a further 45 downgraded – meaning that many may only sell food.

The Local Data Company believes that town centre stores without their own parking could be under the greatest threat, with areas that have multiple stores also at risk of closures.

Marks and Spencer has not yet named any of the stores set for closure and said that the Local Data Company’s list was speculative.

A spokesman for the high street giant said: “We are very disappointed that anyone would choose to speculate in this way – this list is not based on any M&S data and we have not published any locations.

“What we have done is outlined plans to improve our store estate over the next five years which include opening 200 new food stores and selling clothing and home products from 60 fewer stores.”