On Thursday (June 7), the retailer said it has made the decision not to renew the leases at Ruislip Simply Food and Fulham Island Simply Food stores – meaning they both will close this summer.
Although the stores are now set to close, an M&S spokesman told getwestlondon the 40 employees in Fulham and 25 in Ruislip will be relocated to nearby stores.
The announcement comes after M&S reported a 61.1% fall in pre-tax profit to £66.8 million in the year to March 31, as it was dragged down by £321.1 million in costs liked to store closures.
It has said it will shut more than 100 outlets by 2022 as it pushes forward with a transformation programme that will see thousands of jobs put at risk.
Speaking after the announcement, Nick Pucci, head of region for London at M&S, said the decision to close down the stores in Ruislip High Street has not been taken lightly.
He said: “The decision not to renew our leases and therefore close our small food stores in Ruislip High Street and Fulham Island was a difficult one to make."
He added: “We've got brilliant teams at both stores, with 40 colleagues at Fulham Island and 35 at Ruislip, and they will all move to nearby M&S stores.
No specific date has currently been set for the closure of both stores.