Marks & Spencer is negotiating to open a new £6m store in the Trafford Centre, just outside Manchester, creating 300 new jobs. The store would open in the summer.

In late spring the Company is also opening a new £3m food store in Sale, creating 50 new jobs. This brings the total investment in the Manchester region this year alone to £9m.

The Company today announced that it will close its branch in Salford City Shopping Centre in the spring. All 47 members of staff currently working at the store will be offered jobs in other Marks & Spencer stores in the region.

"The time is now right for us to open in the Trafford Centre. It's a great opportunity and our customers want us to be there," said Regional Manager David Eyre.

"The decision to close our store in Salford was not taken lightly, but the fact is that many of our Salford customers are now shopping in the city centre or at the Trafford Centre. There is a great team of people working in Salford and I am delighted that all of them will be offered jobs in the other Marks & Spencer stores in the area."

Work should start shortly on the new state-of-the-art 36,000 square feet store in the Trafford Centre and the store is due to open this summer.

For further information please contact

Emma Chadwick: 0161 274 0100

Cheryl Kuczynski: 020 7268 6436

Notes to Editors:

  • Marks & Spencer stores in the region will include Manchester City Centre, Sale, Bury, Bolton, Altrincham, Ashton and Stockport.
     
  • The Region will have almost 500,000 sq ft of selling space and will employ approximately 1600 people.
     
  • Investment in the region over the last five years is approximately £150m.