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M&S confirms launch date for Northern Ireland shop

The new M&S food hall in Craigavon
The new M&S food hall in Craigavon
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Marks and Spencer has confirmed that it will open its new Craigavon store in two weeks with the creation of 56 jobs.

The new food hall at the Marlborough Retail Park will open to the public on October 4, with Northern Ireland Great British Bake Off 2016 finalist Andrew Smyth set to attend the event.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Councillor Julie Flaherty will be cutting the ribbon.

It's one of a number of new retail units which have moved into the 130,000 sq ft former B&Q site between Tesco and the Rushmere Shopping Centre.

M&S will join sportswear company O'Neills and Airtastic, an indoor trampoline centre, in the retail park. Starbucks and Sports Direct have also been linked to the site.

CBRE, which marketed the retail park, said the potential catchment area within a 20-minute drive is just over 136,000 people, estimated to be worth up to £791m a year in consumer expenditure.

Although primarily a food store, M&S said that its clothing and home products will be available through its collect in store service. The store will be managed by John Woods who has been with M&S for 12 years.

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