Belfast Telegraph

New M&S set to create 80 new jobs in Craigavon

A new branch of Marks & Spencer set to open in Craigavon next year will create 80 new jobs in the local area.

The British retailer made the announcement today as part of the 50-year anniversary celebrations of opening its Belfast Donegall Street branch - marking its entry into the Northern Irish market.

The 7,400 sq ft food hall will be located in the Marlborough Retail Park and will feature a 50-seat cafe.

Anniversary celebrations took place on Thursday at Marks & Spencer branches across the province, with customers able to avail of food tastings and styling sessions.

Marks & Spencer employs around 3,000 full-time and part-time staff in Northern Ireland across its 20 stores.

Speaking about the expansion, the company's chief executive Steve Rowe said: "Our success here is down to the mutual support of our customers, suppliers and dedicated colleagues over the last five decades. Each and every one of them deserves a huge thank you for the role they have played in making M&S Northern Ireland the fantastic business it is today."

Plans are in the pipeline to open two other stores, with one opening at Aldergrove near to Belfast International Airport in October, and another in Carrickfergus next year.

There are also plans to relocate the Newry branch to the Quays Shopping Complex in 2018.

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