Marks and Spencer confirms closure date of Commercial Road store in Portsmouth - and says new branch will open in the city the next day

Marks and Spencer in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
Marks and Spencer in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
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MARKS & Spencer will be treating customers as it celebrates the opening of its new flagship store in Portsmouth — replacing the old shop.

M&S’ new foodhall store at Ocean Retail Park will open its doors for the first time on March 21 at 10am with Easter gifts, prize giveaways and children’s activities lined up to entertain shoppers.

The Commercial Road premises will close on March 20 with the majority of staff moving to the new foodhall — including 18 long-term staff members with 640 years of experience.

Store manager Sophie Thomas said she was excited about celebrating the opening of the new store with shoppers and staff.

‘We’re thrilled to be opening our doors at Ocean Retail Park soon, we can’t wait to show customers our foodhall,’ Sophie said. ‘We’ve been part of the local community here in Portsmouth for over 100 years and are looking forward to this next exciting chapter with the city.

‘We want to make every moment special for our customers and with our café they will now have the perfect spot for a relaxing drink and bite to eat whilst shopping with us. We hope many of them will be able to join us on the opening day, when we’ll be giving away some Easter themed treats and hosting family activities in store.’

The new Burrfields Road store will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.