Marks & Spencer is set to open a new 40,000 sq ft anchor store at Ravenhead Retail Park, St Helens, on 14 March.
The M&S branch in the Hardshaw Centre was announced for closure last year, but the new signing means that M&S will continue more than 90 years’ presence in the town.
All employees are transferring over to the new store and new positions will also be created.
The move comes after Marks & Spencer last month revealed the next 17 shops proposed for closure across the UK as part of plans to reshape its store estate, which will affect more than 1,000 members of staff.
Property development company Hammerson, which owns the retail park, said the full-line store will offer the spring 19 ranges, clothing and home and a food hall.
It will also offer services including click and collect and free customer parking.
Lucy Grimes, M&S store manager at St Helen’s said: “My team and I are really excited about relocating to our new store at Ravenhead Retail Park, where we’ll continue to offer outstanding service for customers. As well as larger food, clothing and home departments, we’re really looking forward to offering new services that we didn’t have previously, such as St Helens first M&S Café. Cutting the ribbon and welcoming customers into our new store on Thursday 14 March will be a great moment for the team and mark the start of our next chapter – I hope lots of local customers will pop down and join us.”
Andrew Berger-North, director of UK retail at Hammerson, said: “Ravenhead Retail Park offers shoppers an easy, convenient and family-friendly retail experience with dining options and plenty of easily accessible car parking spaces. We are delighted that Marks & Spencer has chosen Ravenhead to increase its presence in the town and look forward to the brand joining our varied retail line-up, including Next, Argos, Boots and Costa.”