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Europe's most successful M&S celebrates 50 years of trading

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A RETAIL chain which processes 50,000 transactions every day and employs around 300 staff across six stores locally is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The first Marks & Spencer shop opened its doors in Jersey in Beresford Street in 1967 and since then has become the 'most successful M&S business outside of the UK across Europe', Stephen Forester managing director of the Island's stores said yesterday.

He added that more than a third of Sandpiper's – which operates the brand through a franchise agreement – 800-strong workforce were contracted to M&S.

'Our M&S business has been very successful, certainly for the past 15 years. This year has been really successful again,' Mr Forester said.

'We are actually the number one and most successful M&S business outside of the UK, across Europe – that is for both food and clothing.'

He added: 'I think M&S resonates really well with the Jersey and Channel Island customer. The proof of that is in the fact that we are extending our clothing space by 1,000 sq ft to offer 350 more options in clothing items.

'We are re-jigging the Liberty Wharf store so it will open seven days a week and customers will soon be able to shop online.'

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