26 February, 2016

Plum position on an old fruit market

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Chesser Avenue in Edinburgh used to be heaving with the cars of traders, farmers and shoppers visiting the local fruit market. All that changed 14 years ago when the market closed and was left abandoned. That is, until last year when the site welcomed the build of a new, 56,000 square foot Edinburgh West Retail Park and adjacent residential accommodation.

A new M&S Food Hall will be at the centre of this new £38m development. The store will contain ‘cold-chain’ produce, ambient products, an in-store bakery and a café. With the site located directly between the two main arterial routes into and out of central Edinburgh, 286 parking spaces and extensive public transport links, the store will be a magnet for shoppers.

And people looking for a rewarding local job – as Alyson Crombie, the new Store Manager of Edinburgh Chesser, explains: 

“We’re going to need a wide variety of people including Section Coordinators and Customer Assistants across Operations, Food and Hospitality, plus specialists such as a Fire, Health and Safety Officer. And there is a mix of full and part-time hours available, with early morning, late night and weekend shifts we need to fill. We hope that our opportunities will appeal to a broad cross-section of the community.”

The brownfield site has been derelict for years, but that hasn’t undermined Alyson’s optimism for what can happen in the future.

“In my first Store Manager role, I’m thrilled to bring M&S to a former fruit market site and play a part in the regeneration of this part of Edinburgh. M&S knows that vibrant local communities are vital for our success and have been supporting them throughout our 130-year history. I’m really excited about getting to know the people of Chesser community over the coming months – whether that be as customers or as one of our new team members.”

To view our current vacancies, click here.

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