Marks & Spencer, the UK-based retailer, has revealed its five-year programme to improve its UK store estate to better meet the changing needs of customers. The retailer is planning to open two clothing stores in the UK. Apart from clothing, opening of home and food stores are also on the card.
The company’s clothing, home and food stores are set to open at Bracknell and Rushden in July this year. With the opening of these new stores over 1,400 new customer assistant and management jobs will be created. It is pertinent to note that retailer has also decided to close four stores that stock clothing in Portsmouth, Slough, Warrington and Wokingham.
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Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer, said, “M&S stores will always be an integral part of our customer offer, working seamlessly alongside our website, M&S.com, to deliver great products and service to our customers. However, our customers’ shopping habits are changing. Browsing and shopping online and collecting in store are great examples of this and we are committed to adapting our business so that we stay in tune with our customers.”
M&S currently has 959 UK stores – 304 full line stores, 615 food-only stores and 40 Outlets.