Since losing some weight, I have developed a fondness for shopping. I love being able to walk in to a shop and pick up something in my new lower size from the rail, this is quite novel for me as I’ve not been able to do this for such a long time. So when I was invited to visit the new Marks and Spencer opening at Riverside in Stafford I was really looking forward to having a look around.
The new store is enormous, it’s more than double the size of the old Stafford store in Gaolgate Street so it’s no surprise that inside there’s all the departments that you would expect to see in an M&S store. Due to it’s size, the store is able to stock a wide range of products including Womenswear, Menswear, Kidswear and Homeware. There’s also a new Beauty Department, a very large Foodhall and a 110-seat Café with views across the river.
I arrived at the store for it’s Grand Opening just before 10am and there were lots of excited customers waiting outside who couldn’t wait to get in. I was listening to conversations as the ribbon was cut and from what I heard, it’s safe to say that the folk of Stafford are pretty pleased that a Marks and Spencer store of this size has opened in the town and they’ll be visiting the store instead of ones in larger towns nearby.