SSP to operate new M&S Simply Food at Newcastle Central Station

LONDON, 2015-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new M&S Simply Food has opened today at Newcastle Central Station. The new outlet is operated by concession partner SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide.

Conveniently located on the main concourse, the new 1,230sq. ft. store is the latest to begin trading, following the opening of the largest M&S station store at London Waterloo in June.

Marks & Spencer Simply Food franchise stores bring M&S’s exceptional quality and innovative food products to convenient travel locations. The new store at Newcastle Central will stock an extensive range of food and drink lines including products for customers on-the-go and for travellers looking to pick up food essentials on their way home.

Bob Johnson, national retail operations director of SSP UK, said: “We’re continuously aiming to increase the choices available to rail travellers, and the M&S Simply Food concept has already proved highly popular at other railway stations and airports across the UK. This is the latest in a number of M&S Simply Food stores under SSP’s management, and we are delighted to be continuing our long-standing relationship with the brand. I’m certain the arrival of the new M&S Simply Food store at Newcastle Central will be welcomed by both travellers and those who live and work locally.”

Tim Hedley-Jones, Virgin Trains East Coast major projects director said: “We’re really excited to welcome M&S to Newcastle Central Station. The new store will offer even more choice for our customers when arriving and departing from our newly refurbished station – one of the busiest in the country.”

Richard Austin, Head of Simply Food Programme at M&S, said “As part of our 250 Simply Food store opening programme, sites located in transport areas are a key part of this strategy. We are pleased to open our latest station store in Newcastle.”

The store will operate 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday and 8am to 10pm on Sunday.

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