// M&S to open new store in St Helens’ Ravenhead Retail Park
// Store is a relocation from previous branch at Hardshaw Centre, also in St Helens
// Relocated store is bigger than previous branch, and staff have been transferred
// M&S has had a presence in St Helens for over 90 years
Marks & Spencer has revealed plans to open a new full-line, 40,000sq ft anchor store in St Helens, just a few months after it closed down its previous store in a different part of town.
The bellwether retailer may vacated its original St Helens branch at Hardshaw Centre last year, but it is now relocating to a larger space just down the road at Ravenhead Retail Park.
Slated to open March 14, the new store also means M&S will continue its presence of 90-plus years in the Merseyside town’s retail scene.
Staff members from the previous Hardshaw Centre branch are also transferring over to the new store, and M&S said a number of new jobs will be created.
“My team and I are really excited about relocating to our new store at Ravenhead Retail Park, where we’ll continue to offer outstanding service for customers,” store manager Lucy Grimes said.
She added: “Cutting the ribbon and welcoming customers into our new store on Thursday 14th March will be a great moment for the team and mark the start of our next chapter – I hope lots of local customers will pop down and join us.”
M&S is in the middle of a significant and broad turnaround scheme, which involves investments in shutting down and re-organising its store estate while pivoting towards food retail.
Its full-line, new-format M&S store at Revenhead Retail Park – which is operated by shopping centre giant Hammerson – will feature a full and larger range of items in the clothing and home department, a foodhall, and a 64-seat café.
Customers can also access click and collect services and free parking.
“We are delighted that Marks & Spencer has chosen Ravenhead to increase their presence in the town and look forward to the brand joining our varied retail line-up, including Next, Argos, Boots and Costa,” Hammerson UK retail director Andrew Berger-North said.