Marks & Spencer has today announced it will be opening the doors to its newest Food store in Chorley, on Wednesday 27th November at 10am.

Located in the new extension of the Market Walk shopping centre, the store will be led by Store Manager Vanessa Matthews, alongside her team of almost 50 colleagues, including Sharon Green who has worked with M&S for 41 years.

The store team will offer the community the very best service and have all been extensively trained in how to make every moment special for customers, drawing on M&S’s 135 years of serving the British public.

To celebrate the opening, M&S Chorley Food will be giving away exclusive Golden Tickets to the first 200 customers through the doors. The Golden Tickets will include offers for £5 and £25 ‘spend today’ vouchers, as well as one £200 Gift Card and two £100 Gift Cards. M&S’s very own Percy Pig will also be at the store to give customers an extra special welcome.

Store Manager, Vanessa Matthews, has worked at M&S for 22 years and said: “Having lived in the area with my family for 20 years, I’m so excited for the opening of our new M&S Food store later this month. We’ll be working hard to provide exceptional service and help make every penny count for customers and their families in the run up to Christmas. Our new Food store will offer all the everyday essentials, as well as Christmas inspiration and new Food innovations.

Our customers will also be able to enjoy shopping M&S’s full Clothing & Home collections via M&, using our Click & Collect service for convenient next day delivery, making our new store a one stop shop for Christmas gifts for all the family. Cutting the ribbon and welcoming customers into store for the first time will be a really special moment for the team and I hope lots of local residents come down to see what we have to offer.”

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: "It's brilliant to see all the hard work coming together now we're just a couple of weeks away from M&S opening here in Chorley.

"When we asked people what would make them visit Chorley town centre more often, the two things that kept getting mentioned were M&S and a cinema.

"To have a name like M&S opening a store in Chorley shos the confidents people have in our town and our borough,

"It's a really exciting time for Chorley and the opening of the Market Walk extension will give our traders a real boost, as well as give the residents of Chorley an even greater reason to spend their money here and support the local economy."

The new store will offer thousands of M&S’s quality and great value food products perfect for the whole family. From festive favourites, such as M&S’s Mince Pies, to the brand-new Our Best Ever Chicken Kiev – perfect for cosy date nights in – there’s something for everyone at M&S Chorley Food store.

M&S Chorley is gearing up to cater for all the family this Christmas with a wider selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options and lots of tasty new party food, from Ham Hock Rarebit Mini Crumpets and bite-sized Mini Meatball Subs, to light and fluffy vegan Mushroom Bao Buns, all of which conveniently cook at the same temperature.

M&S Chorley will also offer the full range of M&S Clothing & Home products via its Click & Collect service. Customers can opt for next day pick up if they order online by 10pm the night before on M& and the store will also offer hassle free returns.

For customers looking for extra inspiration for the festive period whilst in store, the new M&S team will be providing foodie tips for shoppers by sharing their own M&S favourite products via bespoke badges, in-store signage and conversations with customers. In addition, through the use of Honeywell devices, colleagues will be on hand to help customers find whatever they need in time for Christmas, whether in store or online. The devices can also be used to help customers load their Sparks offers onto their Sparks card.

The store will be located at Unit 1, Market Walk, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1FD and will be open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm, and on Sunday, 10am – 4pm.