// All M&S Cafes in England, Wales & Scotland back open for dine-in
// All 13 cafes in Northern Ireland will re-open from May 24
// All UK fitting rooms also back open
All Marks & Spencer cafes in England, Wales and Scotland have reopened for for dine-in as part of the latest phase in the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Meanwhile, the retailer said all of its UK fitting rooms have reopened.
Today’s cafe reopenings in England and Wales add to the 32 cafes in Scotland that have been open since April 26, in line with devolved government guidance.
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This means a total of 316 M&S cafes across the three nations are now fully open to customers, complete with refreshed menus.
M&S said its 13 cafes across its Northern Ireland estate will re-open from May 24, in line with government guidance, but in the meantime they’re open for takeaway only.
“For many customers, visiting the M&S Café is more than just fulfilling a need; it’s a key part of the shopping experience, so we’re delighted to be able to finally open our doors to our café customers again,” M&S Marble Arch barista Jason Ansere said.
M&S confirmed that the fitting rooms at all of its clothing stores have reopened, with each store operating set times of 10am-4pm daily and implementing a number of hygiene measures for customers.
Their reopening follows a successful trial at two stores – Marble Arch and Pantheon on Oxford Street – over the past three weeks, from which M&S monitored customer feedback.
“Since reopening last month, it’s been fantastic seeing customers returning to our stores wanting to reignite the experience and fun of shopping once again,” M&S head of clothing and home retail Ali Grainger said.
“With events, holidays and hopefully a summer full of sunshine just around the corner, people are really starting to think about their wardrobe, and as such, they want to try before they buy – so we’re delighted that they’re now able to, with all the necessary measures in place to keep them safe and well.”