Marks and Spencer
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Review of "Marks and Spencer"
In 1884 a man named Michael Marks, a Russian born Polish refugee opened a stall in a market in Leeds. In the following year he opened up his own shop in the same building. In 1984 he formed a partnership with Thomas Spencer and in 1901 they opened a new warehouse and head office in Manchester.In 1926 th company became a limited company and Marks & Spencer Limited became a public company and the St Micheal Trade Mark was registered in 1928. Their first flagship store was opened at Marble Arch in London back in 1930 and the food department followed in 1931.
Since the introduction of this famous store to our high streets, it has been seen in differing lights, by different sectors of the communities in which it lies. It has always been known to sell quality goods, both in clothing and food but has been viewed by many as a shop for middle aged and elderly people until recently.The introduction of the Per Una range of clothing has given it a more diverse range of clothing, bringing a younger buyer to the store. What i like about Marks & Spencers is their excellent range of underwear which is hard to find normally for a woman with ample bosoms!! They have a good bra measuring service also.
The store offers a range of Menswear, Womenswear and Childrens clothing and normally covers 2 or three floors, depending on the size of the shop itself. I do find that it offers a good range in sizes, and although i tend to shop here more for underwear or food, i have bought the occassional t-shirt or skirt.Marks & Spencer also sell a wide range of gift ware in thier larger stores , which includes a wide range of homewares such as bedding, curtains, dining suites, glassware and much more, in fact alot of the major purchases you may need for your home can now be found here. Also sold is some lovely fresh perfumes, make up and body care products which make ideal gifts for birthdays and christmas, or just as a treat for yourself.
The larger stores now also sell a range of tv's, cd's dvd's and various electrical items, turning it into a major department store that has advanced in leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings. It offers good old fashioned service and helpful staff which is paramount to customers now, whose demands are ever increasing.Now to my favourite part of Marks & Spencer, the food hall. Being a bit of a foodie, i love to eat fresh food and good quality food because you are what you put into your body. There is no mistaking the quality fresh and frozen foods sold here. Food in store is sourced from only the best suppliers and the range is fabulous and inspiring. They do not remain rigid on the food they stock and always seem to change their food so that it is meeting the ever changing tastes of the public. Whilst stocking basics such as fruit and veg, you will find an amazing range of meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, cheeses, breads, tinned food, frozen foods and a great 'Count On Us' range for those watching their weight. They do not compromise on taste with this range either.
Party food is abundant at Christmas and i often buy gift vouchers during the year just to use for my Christmas Dinner food. They sell excellent fresh meats and beautifully fresh and moist joints of meat for the Christmas table as well as mouth watering desserts that will be well received by all your guests. Food is well labelled, providing information on the calorific values, fat, sugar etc.The Marks & Spencer website is excellent. Very easy to navigate around, it enables the user to jump straight to the category they wish to search, each of which is clearly visible on the very bright and well organised home page. They even have a recipe section which contains concise recipe and ingredients information, together with values such as calories and fat content.
The online shop offers a free delivery service when purchasing items over £30. All you need to do is enter a code at the check out online and hey presto, free delivery to your home. It is one of the best sites i have found for online shopping and it gets the thumbs up from me.Although i am not a prolific shopper at this store for clothing, purely because of my own style, i have to admit that i look forward to food shopping here. Although it is a little pricey, the quality is of the best you will find anywhere and it is part of British Tradition to visit the store now and again. If you have never been, then do try it.
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