Marks and Spencer in Bolton town centre gets £1.5 million refurbishment
A FLAGSHIP Bolton store has undergone a £1.5 million refurbishment.
And long-serving employees, Bernie Murphy and Pat Taylor, were on hand to cut the ribbon at a grand opening following the investment at Marks and Spencer in Deansgate.
Store manager, Grant Bramwell, hailed the loyalty of Mrs Murphy and Mrs Taylor who have completed 41 and 37 years’ service, respectively, at the Bolton store as well as the 198 other members of staff who have completed 1,500 years between them.
And Mr Bramwell said Marks and Spencer was confident in the future for retailers in Bolton town centre.
He said: “We’ve been here for 85 years on this site alone, and we had a penny bazaar in Bolton way back in the 1800s, so we have a commitment to this town and to making sure our brand is the best we can possibly give and this is certainly the best place to shop in Bolton.
"We set out to make sure we spend an appropriate amount of money and this is a substantial store and we have modernised it in line with our current principles and that is something which is taking place in many of our UK stores.”
Mr Bramwell added that since the store Marks and Spencer in Bolton had probably served about 70 million people with two million more expected during the next eight weeks.
Also attending the event were Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris, chief executive Sean Harriss and director of development and regeneration Keith Harris.
Cllr Morris said: “This is tremendous endorsement for the town centre.
“If they’re spending this kind of money, it’s very encouraging. It shows that if Marks and Spencer believe in the town centre, so should everyone else.
“We’re looking to work in partnership with them, and they’ve done a great job in proving the town centre is a good and viable one.”
The refurbishment has seen the design and lay-out of the store changed to “enhance the shopping experience for customers”.
It has been re-fitted and the design improved.
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