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Marks & Spencer adds outlet stores to 15 June openings

Lauretta Roberts
11 June 2020

Marks & Spencer has added its 25 outlet stores to the list of re-openings for 15 June.

The stores sell discounted stock along with everyday basics but do not sell food hence were closed from 23 March along with all other non-essential retail.

M&S has been operating outlets since 2000 and the full list of re-openings is as follows: Ashford Outlet, Astle West Bromwich Outlet, Boundary Mill, Colne Outlet, Braintree Outlet, Byker Outlet, Castleford Outlet, Chatham Outlet, Clacton Outlet, Dalton Park Murton Outlet, Doncaster Outlet, Ellesmere Cheshire Oaks Outlet, Gloucester Quays Outlet, Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth Outlet, Hatfield Outlet, Lowry Salford Quays Outlet, Mansfield Outlet, Perry Barr Outlet, Springfields Spalding Outlet, Street Outlet, Swindon Outlet, Talke Outlet, Thurrock Outlet, Urban Exchange Manchester Outlet, Wembley Outlet and York Outlet.

Staff are already on-site to ensure new safety measures and social distancing procedures are in place ahead of re-opening. New measures include hand sanitising stations, floor markings, perspex screens at tills and limits on customer numbers in-store.

Richard Fox, head of outlets at M&S said: Outlet stores are an important way we manage our stock and the products available are popular with customers. Throughout this period M&S Outlets have been shut, but the teams are now back in store and making sure we’re ready to serve from Monday. From managing the flow of customers into the store to perspex screens at till points, customers will find the robust measures from our Foodhalls in place at our Outlets to keep all our customers & colleagues healthy & well.”

M&S has been operating its food halls during lockdown but has previously announced that it will open the majority of its clothing stores and departments on 15 June. The retailer has been running a major Rainbow Sale online to clear as much Spring/Summer stock as possible and has cut back on orders in a bid to manage stock. It has also acquired new warehousing space and will be "hibernating" some stock until next Spring.

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