A HIGH Street giant sees itself moving to a retail park just 24 hours after closing its doors on its town centre store.
The Marks & Spencer corporation had its bosses announce earlier that it had plans in July 2014 to close down their Middleton Grange Shopping Centre store to focus all efforts on their latest food outlet located in Anchor Retail Park.
Work on the unit at the retail park which was previously owned by JJB Sports, is going reportedly going well and is expected to start serving customers in May.
There is no actual opening date announced yet but what is confirmed is the existing store will shut its doors one day before the new store opens.
There will be no job losses as a result of the relocation s all 50 staff who are currently working at the Middleton Grange store have already been offered positions in the new store.
The Mail understands that despite the company mentioning last year that there will be an in-store café in the new unit, this would no longer be the case.
Having had a shop in Hartlepool town centre since 1969, Marks & Spencer bosses have promised that shoppers will be given an enhanced experience in their new store despite leaving shopping centre bosses with a slot to fill.
“The new store will provide our customers with an improved shopping experience, including free parking at the retail park.”, was shared by a M&S spokesperson
“We expect the store to open early May and we will inform the local community as soon as a date has been finalised.”
In the new West Oahu
shopping mall, there will be a ‘luxury’ multiplex to be built
There will be a multiplex that features everything from a giant screen, to having recliner seats and cuisine that is inspired locally which are all set to open in 2016 within the newly buld KA Makana Alii shopping mall.
The shopping mall will also have a new branch of Consolidated Theatres opening there and will feature 8 screens, one of which will be a TITAN XC screen that is equipped to project multi-channel immersive sound which mimics the setting at Ward Village.
Separating itself from its other branches, the cinema in Ka Makana Alii will feature things like oversized, full-electric recliner seats and aside from the usual theatre treats like popcorn and soda, there will be a menu offering locally inspired food prepared by Bruce Seidel and Chef Santos Loo, and both of them are Food Network veterans.
Hawaii’s first Hampton inn and suites along with other chain stores like Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic will be the some of the tenants in Ka Makana Alii which features more than 150 shops and restaurants including an office space and two hotels.
The first phase will open in 2016 and will feature at least 750,000 square feet of hotel space, dining, entertainment and retail shops