Marks & Spencer Foodhall opens in Marshalswick

The M&S Foodhall opening in Marshalswick.

The M&S Foodhall opening in Marshalswick. - Credit: Archant

The new Marks & Spencer Foodhall held its grand opening today in Marshalswick with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Marshalswick Pre School at the M&S Foodhall opening.

Marshalswick Pre School at the M&S Foodhall opening. - Credit: Archant

Store manager Sarah Harrison cut the ribbon outside the Foodhall in The Ridgeway, Marshalswick, St Albans at 10am today (Tuesday, March 27) and welcomed the first customers inside.

The opening was attended by 49 other M&S colleagues who will work at the store, many of whom were recruited from the local area.

Sarah said: “I’m really proud of the work my team has put in to prepare the store for its opening today - it looks brilliant! Seeing the store filled with customers is really rewarding and we’re thrilled with the response we’ve received so far.

“It’s great to open in time for Easter and we’re really looking forward to making sure the community has everything needed for seasonal celebrations over the bank holiday weekend.”

Marshalswick Pre School at the M&S Foodhall opening.

Marshalswick Pre School at the M&S Foodhall opening. - Credit: Archant

The new Foodhall sells M&S food and drink products as well as specialist Easter treats. To celebrate the opening, the store held an Easter egg colouring competition, which gave local schools the chance to win an ‘eggstra’ special Easter egg hunt.

Sara, aged three, from Marshalswick Pre School was named as the winner and came into the store with her nursery to collect their prize.

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Store manager Sarah said: “We had so many wonderful creative entries from local children and my team and I found it really hard to pick just one winner, but we’re really pleased Sara was able to join us today for our opening.

“We hope the school thoroughly enjoys their M&S Easter Egg Hunt before the holidays.”

Customers at the Foodhall can use M&S’s click and collect service to have clothing and home orders delivered to the store the next day, free of charge, and can also use their cards for the M&S members’ club, Sparks.

Commenting on the opening, customer Stella Johnson said: “I live just down the road and walk down to the village nearly every day, so I had to come and see what you’ve got on offer.

“The entrance looks amazing thanks to the very colourful fruit stand, I can’t wait to see what else is in store.”

The store is located at 1 Johnstone Court, The Ridgeway and is open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.