The Debenhams store has been closed since May 2021. Credit: Place North West

M&S inks 100,000 sq ft Liverpool One relocation

The retailer will open its new store within the remaining vacant space in the former Debenhams in the middle of next year.

Relocating from Church Street, M&S will open alongside leisure offering Gravity, which will occupy the other half of the South John Street building at Grosvenor’s Liverpool One. 

M&S’s Liverpool One investment is part of the retailer’s national store rotation programme, which aims to create an M&S store estate fit for the future, with high quality, high productivity space across the UK. 

The store, spread across the ground and first floors of the building, will feature a food hall as well as clothing and home departments. 

Metis Real Estate Advisors and CBRE acted for Liverpool ONE.  Savills represented M&S. 

“The signing of M&S at Liverpool One is a great reflection of Grosvenor’s strategy of marrying the needs and wants of consumers to those of leading brands,” said Alison Clegg, managing director of asset management at Grosvenor. 

“M&S is seeking modern space that allows it to deliver an enhanced experience for consumers, who themselves are searching for ever-greater choice and value.”  

Pete Dobson, regional manager at M&S, added: “We’re really excited to announce the relocation of our M&S store into the heart of the city in Liverpool One. 

“The new store will offer the very best of M&S in a prime location in the city centre.”  

Earlier this year, Gravity Active Entertainment signed a 15-year lease on half of the former department store. 

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No problem with M&S moving, it`s their choice, however what will happen to the massive space they leave? By chance earlier this year , before the move was announced, I was in Church St and heard 3 surveyors/agents assessing the building, presumably for sale, letting or re-configurement, so hopefully moves are afoot behind the scenes and we get some quality businesses in.

By Anonymous

The current beautiful biulding M&S occupie will be snapped up when they moved .

By Anonymous

Well, Macy’s of New York or Selfridges would do. I prefer the former

By George

Will there be a cafe in the new store

By Maria

When I was last in Liverpool i was really impressed with Liverpool One. In fact I am becoming a Liverpool convert.

By Elephant

It’s ok but strange M&S have recently spent a lot of money on the building they are leaving.

By Eric

Need a plan for Church Street! Don’t think we can have a Selfridges sadly due to covenants in regard to Trafford Centre (I may be wrong) what about a Liberty or a Fenwick – could this area leading up to Flannels become the home of ‘designer shopping’ There are some beautiful buildings on Church Street and the old John Lewis – George Henry Lee are lovely buildings – there is rumour of TJs moving to George Henry Lee but as I keep saying Williamson Square in any other country with the back drop of St John’s gardens and the museums and architecture – would not be the home to betting shops and pound bakery!

By Lizzy Baggot

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