9 January, 2018

Building on 107 years of history together

Our St James store has been in the pipeline since 2011, so it’s fantastic news that it’s now set to open soon. By opening this store, we’ll keep the history we share with Dover alive, but also give it a new modern appeal, offering services that are in line with our other Foodhall stores.

Our existing Dover store is on the high street and has been there since the 1930’s. By moving it to the St James development, customers will have a much bigger space for parking and 8,800sq feet of space to enjoy. With more than 31,000 people living in Dover, and 11,000 extra people in nearby areas such as Whitfield and St Margaret’s, it gives our customers a better shopping experience and more food options too.

The big advantage of the new St James site is that it’s very well located in terms of the major roads in the area. It sits at the crossroads of the A20, linking to the M20 out of Dover towards Folkestone and Ashford. And also links to the A2 coming out of Dover towards Canterbury. It’s a great position, right on the edge of the development, looking out to passers-by who may want to take a sneak peek inside.

It’s a relatively large development that will not only have a large M&S Foodhall store, but also a six-screen cinema, a 108-room Travelodge, a gym and a variety of restaurants, café’s and other retailers. Plus, with 455 parking spaces, there’ll be plenty of room for shoppers to park up and go!

With so much space and so much potential, we’ll be needing a lot of helping hands. That’s why we’ll be hiring Sales Floor Customer Assistants, Store Operations Customers Assistants, In-Store Bakery Assistants and Café Customer Assistants. There are lots of shifts available, great transport links to get in and out of work and great potential for career progression right in the heart of Dover. What’s more, with a whole community of customers awaiting its opening, employees definitely won’t get bored at this store.

Here’s what Chris, the new Store Manager, has to say about the new opening:

“Dover St James retail park is a fantastic location for our new M&S Foodhall store. It has brilliant transport links and a diverse customer base with passing tourism from the port. It’s an exciting opportunity that the surrounding community are eagerly waiting for.”

Inside M&S