M&S Newcastle store to undergo multi-million pound transformation
Marks & Spencer is to revamp a flagship store in Newcastle city centre as part of a £13 million investment in its North East store estate.
The retailer said the interior of the store will be transformed through a multi-million-pound redesign, which will include the introduction of a fresh-market style Foodhall and a refreshed clothing, home and beauty department.
Works will begin this month and will be carried out in stages to enable the store to remain open. The new Foodhall is expected to be fully completed later this year and the clothing, home and beauty department by early 2024.
The retailer has been trading on the site in Northumberland Street since 1932.
The news follows an earlier announcement that M&S is to open a new, larger store at the Galleries Retail Park in Washington when it relocates from its existing Simply Food store in the town. The 47,000 square foot space will include a new clothing, home and beauty department and a bigger M&S Foodhall. Works are expected to complete in the spring of 2024.
M&S has 21 stores in the North East. Last year, the retailer invested in updating its shops in Newcastle’s Silverlink Shopping Park and the M&S Foodhall in Gosforth.
Helen Cowie, regional manager for the North East at M&S, said: “M&S has been a part of local communities across the North East for well over a hundred years, and throughout that time we’ve always been innovating to keep delivering an excellent shopping experience for our customers – whether it’s the opening of one of our first ever Penny Bazaars in Newcastle’s famous Grainger Market in 1895, or launching our first ever shopping centre site in the country at the Metro Centre in 1986.
“We’re proud to have been trading from our store on Northumberland Street since 1932. Over the years we’ve undertaken plenty of refurbishments and extensions to make sure the store keeps delivering for local customers and today’s investment – as well as our plans for an exciting new store at Washington Galleries – shows that we’re as committed as ever to offering shoppers in the North East the very best of M&S.”
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