M&S expansion to Carrickfergus highlighted on milestone anniversary

Marks & Spencer today celebrate their milestone 50th anniversary of trading in Northern Ireland.  The company opened its first store on Donegall Place, Belfast on 7th September 1967.  CEO Steve Rowe is pictured with staff and customers.
Marks & Spencer today celebrate their milestone 50th anniversary of trading in Northern Ireland. The company opened its first store on Donegall Place, Belfast on 7th September 1967. CEO Steve Rowe is pictured with staff and customers.

The opening of a new store in Carrickfergus next year further underlines Marks and Spencer’s commitment to Northern Ireland, according to the retailer.

The Belfast Road development was highlighted today as the company marked the 50th anniversary of trading in the province.

Steve Row, chief executive, and Sacha Berendji, retail director visited the Belfast store to celebrate the milestone. M&S opened its first Northern Ireland outlet in Donegall Place on September, 7 1967.

Mr Rowe said: “Marks & Spencer is proud to be celebrating 50 years of partnership with the people of Northern Ireland. Our success here is down to the mutual support of our customers, suppliers and dedicated colleagues over the last five decades.

“Each and every one of them deserves a huge thank you for the role they have played in making M&S Northern Ireland the fantastic business it is today.

“Today is also about celebrating the future of M&S in Northern Ireland, and our continued commitment to the region.”

In June, the retailer announced it has exchanged contracts for a Foodhall adjacent to the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus, which will create 75 new jobs. The premises will be 9,000 square feet with a 44-seat café and in-store bakery.

Ryan Lemon, head of region for M&S in Northern Ireland, said: “We have served the people of Northern Ireland for half a century, and our continued expansion, at Aldergrove, Carrickfergus, Newry and now Craigavon, brings even more opportunities to make every moment special for our loyal Northern Irish customers.”