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Clarks announce plans to potentially shut Street factory

Shoe retailer Clarks has confirmed to The Breeze that it might be shutting it's factory in Street.

They're blaming low production levels and failure to meet costs - around 49 jobs could be at risk. 

Workers are now being consulted on the proposals for the next 30 days. 

A spokesperson for the company told The Breeze “At Clarks, we are constantly evaluating the way we do business, keeping the ever-changing retail landscape and our customers’ needs front of mind."

“In 2017 we announced Morelight, a pilot of our manufacturing concept in Street. Despite best efforts, we have determined that the levels of production and cost targets we hoped for will not be reached in the short to medium term. We are therefore proposing to cease production and close the facility and will now enter a period of consultation into the viability of Morelight.

“We have a strong duty of care to all our employees and will ensure they are actively supported throughout the process.”

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