Location, location, location
When it comes to opening a new Food Hall, finding the right location is everything. Take one of our imminent new store openings, Bidston Moss in north Wirral. The main town in this neck of the woods is Wallasey, with a 60,000 population. Rather than head for Wallasey itself, we’re opening at Junction One Retail Park just off the M53, which has just received a major facelift. Accessible to people in Wallasey, the suburbs west of Birkenhead, and with Bidston railway station a stone’s throw away offering easy links to Liverpool city centre, Bidston Moss is convenient for shoppers, and colleagues.
Bidston Moss will offer 8,500 sq ft of the latest in food retailing boasting a host of innovative features. It will be one of the first M&S stores to launch our new ‘Coffee to Go’ format. Our customers will be able to enjoy a drink and snack in store or on the go, as well as the tempting offerings of a 16 sq ft, in-store bakery. There are also card and horticultural shops within the store.
Joseph Chambers will be Store Manager of Bidston Moss. Having grown up in Liverpool and worked at several M&S food-based stores across Merseyside, he knows the area like the back of his hand.
“I’ve quickly realised that there is genuine excitement for the return of M&S to this part of the Wirral; the local community have really given it the thumbs up. M&S is so often an integral part of the community and we will be investing our time and energy in building partnerships with some local charities. I’m also proud that we can bring so many job opportunities to the local area – everything from Bakers to Baristas, Section Coordinators to Food Advisors.”
Anyone who joins us in Bidston Moss and wants a new challenge could gain inspiration from Joseph. The way he has progressed so quickly demonstrates how many opportunities there are available. Since starting on our retail graduate management programme seven years ago in North London, Joseph has worked in General Merchandising, Food Commercial and Store Manager roles across a variety of different store formats. And that’s not all:
“More recently, I had the opportunity to travel and deliver food training to some of our new franchise partners in both Bangkok and Shanghai, which was certainly one of my most memorable experiences with M&S. Opening a new store will definitely be the highlight so far, and a challenge I can’t wait to take on. The culture in the business is inspiring, the people I work with are fun and engaging and, most importantly, they want to do the right thing for our customers.”