BUYERS grabbed their first bags of groceries at a town’s brand-new supermarket.
Marks & Spencer opened its foodhall in Bicester on Wednesday with a 50- strong team welcoming clients.
The store in the outskirts of the town at Bicester Shopping Park has actually replaced the old shop in the town centre, a modification some homeowners were not happy about.
The brand says the area at the shopping park, which is near the Kingsmere estate, will supply the neighborhood with a larger and better food deal.
But some residents said the modification was a bad relocation as it indicates people will now need to drive to the store and elderly individuals will either miss out or need to utilize bus services to arrive.
With the launch of the brand-new store and Stimulates, Marks & Spencer’s customer commitment scheme, the brand dealt with seven consumers over seven days to their shopping, completely totally free.
One consumer was selected at random every day, and whatever was in their trolley was complimentary.
Andrew Curtis was among the very first customers through the doors.
He stated: “It’s brilliant, definitely wonderful. We’ve been waiting on it to open for a while as it’s in a truly practical area for us. The shop looks charming, large and extremely well laid out, and it’s been truly great to see some familiar faces in there.”.
Another customer, Becky McGuire stated: “I live locally and it’s truly practical for me and it’ll be excellent for the estate. The shop looks terrific and it looks to have a truly fantastic variety which is fantastic.”.
The brand-new store is led by manager Chris Chapman, who has worked for Marks & Spencer for 12 years.
He said: “The last couple of weeks have actually been spent putting the completing touches in store and making sure all our procedures are in place to support consumers, so they can shop with comfort.
” It’s dazzling to now be open and welcome the community– chatting with clients today it’s wonderful to see them get excited about our brand-new summer items, along with store for all the fundamentals.
” I ‘d like to say a huge thank you to the team, who have been remarkable getting the shop prepared. We’re all so thrilled to be part of the community and can’t wait to learn more about locals better in the coming weeks.”.
It plans to reduce the variety of roles at the retail chain’s main assistance centre, in its regional management and UK shops over the next three months.
Throughout lockdown, the company said it has actually found out to work more flexibly, using the very same personnel to man both the food aisles and the clothing area of the shops.
New Microsoft innovation will also permit it to reduce layers of management and it also anticipates to produce ‘a number’ of new tasks as the chain purchases its online capacity.
The Bicester shop offers the complete series of clothing and house items through its Click & Collect service. Consumers can use it for next day pick-up services on M&S. com and the shop will also provide ‘problem-free’ returns.
The shop is open on Monday to Saturday at 8am to 9pm and on Sundays at 11 am to 4pm.