M&S announces Simply Food expansion plans

An M&S Simply Food store - image: wing1990hk
An M&S Simply Food store - image: wing1990hk

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has said it will open 150 new Simply Food stores over the next three years.

Around half will be run by existing franchise partners in convenience locations such as motorway service areas, train stations, hospitals, petrol station forecourts and airports, with the remainder being larger outlets in high streets and retail parks.

Chief executive Marc Bolland said: "Our food business has gone from strength to strength under our plans to transform M&S."

Executive director of food Steve Rowe said: "This franchise and owned expansion offers us an opportunity to continue to grow our customer base and business, building on the progress we have already made."

Although the company remains Britain's largest clothing retailer, food now accounts for 55 per cent of its sales.

It opened its first Simply Food outlets in 2001 and currently has 427, with 178 owned and 249 operated by a franchise partner, together accounting for 34 per cent of total food sales.


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