Marks and Spencer to open next month with 150 jobs

By Chris Betteley in Business

THE new Marks and Spencer store in Aberystwyth will open next month and bring 150 jobs to the town, the company has said.

The three-floor store, part of the multi-million-pound Mill Street development which saw Tesco open its doors last year, will open its own doors on Thursday, 23 March.

The company said that the opening will create 150 jobs.

The internal fit-out of the store is underway after construction of the new store was completed at the end of last year.

The store became embroiled in a row over the lack of Welsh translation for its Foodhall brand sign on the outside of the building.

It had to be withdrawn from a planning application for the store’s signage after councillors attached a condition saying it must be translated - despite the Foodhall brand not being translated on the outside of its stores anywhere in the world.

Inside, the directional signs will be fully bilingual, the company said, and a fresh planning application “regarding store signage” has been submitted to Ceredigion council.

The new 35,000 sq ft store will feature three floors of clothing, a large Foodhall and a 116-seat M&S Café.

Store manager Chris Bentley, who started his career stocking food shelves on a Saturday in M&S Hereford 15 years ago and has since risen through the ranks, said he and his staff have been “busy preparing for an exciting opening day”, that will see shoppers “treated to special treats and surprises”.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming our first customers through the doors on 23 March and seeing the reaction from local residents,” he said.

“Our team, many of whom are from the area, will be ensuring that the local community is at the heart of everything we do, and that every time a customer shops with us, we make it a special visit.”

M&S Aberystwyth will be open from 8am–8pm Monday to Friday, from 8am–7pm on Saturdays and from 10.30am–4.30pm on Sundays.

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