M&S to upsize into new anchor unit at White Rose Leeds

M&S to upsize into new anchor unit at White Rose Leeds
The move forms part of M&S’s store estate transformation as part of its wider turnaround strategy.
// M&S to relocate into a new 80,000sq ft anchor store within White Rose Leeds
// The space is a former Debenhams unit. Work will begin in October with a target opening date in 2023
// All staff will be retained and transferred to the new M&S, and the existing store will remain open until the new store launches

Marks & Spencer has signed to relocate into a new 80,000sq ft anchor store within White Rose Leeds, an out-of-town retail centre Yorkshire operated by Landsec.

The new full-scale M&S store, formerly occupied by Debenhams which closed permanently in May this year, represents a significant upsize for the retailer.

It will feature a 15,000sq ft M&S Foodhall, as well as womenswear, lingerie, beauty, childrenswear, menswear, and home departments, and a café.


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All staff will be retained and transferred to the new M&S, with additional recruitment to support the larger store, and the existing store within White Rose will remain open until the new unit is ready.

The relocation followed Landsec’s proposals to transform the former Debenhams unit.

Landsec said it would invest “significant capital” into the unit, with planning secured for a new, full-height glazed frontage, and car park entrance including new electric vehicle charge points and enhanced public realm.

Works are set to commence in October, with a target launch date in 2023.

The move also forms part of M&S’s store estate transformation as part of its wider turnaround strategy.

“We’re really excited to announce our plans to move to a brand-new, larger M&S full line store in White Rose,” M&S regional manager Paula Varley said.

“All colleagues in our existing store will move to work in the new store and we’re also delighted to be creating new roles on top of this.

“This investment in Leeds and the wider local area is part of the reshaping of our store estate to make sure it’s fit for the future, meeting the needs of customers today – and those of tomorrow.”

Landsec senior portfolio director Pablo Sueiras said: “We have seen over the last year just how important the offer of brands like M&S has been, and we are delighted to have secured this upsize with them.

“Landsec has invested significantly to create this bespoke unit for M&S, which is undoubtedly the best way to transform this space to improve the White Rose offer for our guests.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. You are a bit late with this news as they are also moving in to the former Debs unit in Birmingham Bullring and closing the original unit when they do and further moving in to Debs unit in Stevenage and Leamington Spa which means a return to Stevenage for M and S with a full line store and closing Warwick food hall and the main M and S in Leamington for the Debs replacement.

    They are also relocating to a new Debs unit in Wales for a place I can never spell ( sorry to the Welsh). Llandudno I think.

  2. I just want to know where M&S are getting the money to invest as they’ve reported two losses even though they was open during all the lockdowns, furloughed half there staff and point blank refused to pay back the rates relief. Something isn’t adding up and before someone says they lost sales due to the clothing section being closed that’s not total true as my local flagship store had there clothing section open during the lockdowns on a smaller scale but still had them open and they have a e-commercial which was/ is fully operational

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