SandpiperCI, the Channel islands’ largest retailer will be expanding its food retail activities into the UK, working in partnership with Marks & Spencer Group PLC they will open M&S Food stores in Southwest England.
The deal will increase the size of Sandpipers’ current retail operations which have to date been mostly based in the Channel Islands, with additional outlets in the Isle of Man and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.
Commenting on the Marks and Spencer franchise agreement SandpiperCI’s Executive Chairman Tony O’Neill said: “We have worked closely with M&S over the last 15 years to build a strong and highly successful M&S franchise business in Jersey. Our M&S store teams consistently deliver service and standards of the highest order, and we are naturally delighted to have the opportunity to widen our partnership with Marks & Spencer Group PLC by developing stores in the UK mainland.”
The expansion program is underway, property teams are identifying prime retail sites in towns and cities across the southwest of England, an experienced Operations Director has been appointed to oversee the UK operation and the first M&S food stores are expected to be open and trading in the spring of next year (2023).