Marks & Spencer to invest £30 million in Scottish stores
Marks & Spencer is to invest £30 million over the next 18 months in its physical stores in Scotland.
This will include the launch of five new and expanded shops in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Largs and Linlithgow.
The retailer is allocating £15 million for its store at Aberdeen’s Union Square which will expand to almost double the current size next year. The space will include a fresh market-style food hall that will also offer a flower shop, cheese barge, larger in-store bakery and dedicated M&S Wine Shop. There will also be larger clothing, home and beauty departments.
Alongside a new M&S foodhall launching in Linlithgow later this month, the retailer will be introducing a new full-line store in Dundee’s Gallagher Retail Park this summer. M&S will also open in Largs for the first time with a new foodhall due to open in early 2025.
Sacha Berendji, M&S operations director, said: “This is our biggest ever investment in Scotland, putting £30 million into transforming the shopping experience for customers in Aberdeen, Largs, Dundee and Linlithgow – bringing new jobs across the country with bigger, better, fresh-market style foodhalls and new opportunities for Scottish shoppers to access our best-ever, most inspiringly presented clothing, home and beauty range.
“Our investment in Scotland goes beyond new stores with M&S sourcing more Scottish produce than ever before, through strong partnerships with local producers. Around 2,500 Scottish farms, sea farms and fisheries supply us with great quality products, many supplied beyond Scotland to M&S stores across the UK. Our commitment to Scotland has never been stronger.”
Early last year, M&S announced a £500 million multi-year investment in its store rotation programme across the UK. The new stores pipeline means the retailer will have more than 15 stores across Scotland in its renewal format.