UK high street chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning to expand its store estate by opening a new 60,000ft² clothing and food store in Nottingham, UK.
Located at the British Land’s Giltbrook Retail Park, Nottingham, the new store is part of the company’s transformation plan to close, relocate, and remodel stores in order to enhance customers’ shopping experience. It will open next year.
Earlier this month, the retailer announced plans to open a new clothing store in Cornwall in the south-west of the UK.
The store will feature a range of fresh produce under the food section, as well as contemporary clothing across all categories and an accessible Click & Collect point under the clothing section.
Marks & Spencer retail, operations and property director Sacha Berendji said: “Customers’ shopping habits are changing and so it’s important we change to reflect the way they want to shop, seamlessly integrating our in-store and online experiences.
“Excitingly, in Nottingham reshaping our store estate means opening a big new store next summer that can best serve our customer needs, alongside our high street shop. Stores remain fundamental to how we serve customers and we can’t wait to open in this great location.”
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In addition, M&S is planning to increase its clothing sales online to one-third of its total sales supported by its 1,000 stores.
The company expects to allocate around 150 new and existing employees to work at the Nottingham store. The company will start hiring in mid-2019.
In July, M&S CEO Steve Rowe revealed to the company’s shareholders that plans to close 110 stores are ‘not finite’.