M&S poised to open new food store on Alnwick retail park next week

Marks & Spencer will open the doors of its new Alnwick food store next week.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 6:00 am
The new M&S Food Hall in Alnwick.
The new M&S Food Hall in Alnwick.

The store, on the recently-built Willowburn Retail Park, will open on Wednesday, January 29.

There will be an exclusive celebration for customers to mark the opening of the store.

The activity will kick off at 10am with an exclusive Golden Ticket Giveaway – the first 200 customers through the main entrance will receive M&S vouchers, up to the value of £200, to enjoy in store.

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M&S Food Hall is opening in Alnwick.

The Golden Tickets will include offers for £5 and £25 ‘spend today’ vouchers, as well as one £200 gift card and two £100 gift cards.

In addition, Alnwick’s Mayor Lynda Wearn will be there to cut the ribbon at 10am, along with Colin the Caterpillar, the M&S Alnwick team and the store’s charity of the year, HospiceCare North Northumberland which will be supported over the next 12 months to help raise vital funds.

Store manager, Andrea Roberts, said: “We’re really excited to celebrate with our customers on Wednesday – every element of our new store has been designed with them in mind, helping to make their shopping as easy as possible. Marking our opening will be a great moment for the team – we hope you can join us!”

The store will be open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm, and on Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

It will be the third retail unit to open on the retail park, developed by Northumberland Estates, the commercial business of the Duke of Northumberland.

Turnbull’s Northumbrian Food Hall, next door to M&S, opened in December, while Starbucks was the first to open in November.

Northumberland Estates has previously revealed it is in negotiations with several other potential retail tenants including a well-known outdoor clothing brand and a popular footwear retailer, as well as other household names.

Planning permission for the retail park, on the southern outskirts of the town, was granted in June 2018.

It will have a total of 37,405 sq.ft. of retail floorspace, plus onsite parking for some 200 vehicles, once full phase development is complete.