Marks & Spencer today (Thursday) unveiled its brand new 7,000 square foot store at Marlborough Retail Park in the heart of Craigavon, creating 56 job opportunities.
The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council joined local customers to celebrate the official opening of the new store with M&S Craigavon Store Manager, John Woods and his team.
The ribbon was cut by Brid McKeown (15) and Malachy Kofa (12), pupils at Ceara Special School who were the lucky winners of a colouring competition organised by the store.
Great British Bake Off 2016 finalist Andrew Smyth was a special guest at the opening where he hosted a series of baking demonstrations giving customers a true taste of what M&S Craigavon has to offer.
John Woods said: “I have been waiting for a long time to bring M&S to the local community and as a Craigavon local, I’m extremely proud to finally welcome our customers to the store. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and hearing their positive comments today has been hugely rewarding.
“Our shelves are bursting with everything from lunches to go and everyday essentials, to dinners perfect for sharing with family and friends. We’re excited to be part of the Craigavon community and can’t wait to get to know our local customers.”
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Councillor Julie Flaherty said: “It gives me great pleasure to officially open this new M&S store in Craigavon and celebrate the fantastic addition it is to our borough.
“Investment by M&S is a huge endorsement for the area, highlighting our central location, accessible talent pool and welcoming community. Already helping create 56 new jobs in the local community, it is an important and significant contributor to our local economy – representing huge potential to drive further development and regeneration in the area. This is real coup for the whole borough and we couldn’t be prouder!”
Kate McKeown who lives in the local area, was one of the first customers to visit the new store.
She said: “It’s great to have M&S open in Craigavon! The quality of M&S food is brilliant and it’s really amazing to see it being brought to the area.”