High street giant Marks & Spencer have announced the death-knell for their flagship store in East Kilbride shopping centre.

The company announced the Plaza store would be axed just over two-years ago with a campaign launched to save the outlet which employs 67 staff.

Unions slammed the ailing retailer for effectively leaving staff in limbo for more than two years with hopes that it may be given a reprieve.

But in a bitter blow to staff and the town centre, company bosses have now confirmed that the store will definitely close - and could do so imminently.

While there is still no date for the doors to finally shut, they say operations are being wound down in the Plaza with immediate effect, and only a small number of staff will remain.

It comes just days after Zara announced it would leave EK, East Kilbride, with Boots stores in the town under threat and a number of restaurants having closed in The Hub or also under threat.

Department store Debenhams did, however, confirm it would remain in the town Centre.

A M&S spokesperson said: “We announced some time ago that our intention is to seek to close our store in East Kilbride Shopping Centre. We understand that this is disappointing news for some people, but this difficult decision forms part of our wider store estate transformation.

"We have been in discussion with our landlord around setting a closure date for over two years, but this unfortunately is yet to be agreed.

"So to provide clarity for our colleagues at the store we have spoken to them today about what these changes mean for them. We are hugely grateful for all their continued hard work and professionalism during this time.

“Over the coming days, customers will see a significant reduction of our current offer in the store as we continue discussions with our landlord with the aim to set a final date for the closure of the store. We hope to be able to share a closing date with the local community as soon as possible.”