By Andy Sambidge
UK retail giant launches 72,000 sq m flagship store, the 26th operated in the Middle East
UK retail giant Marks & Spencer has announced the opening of its largest international store in Kuwait.
The new 72,000 square foot flagship store is operated by Marks & Spencer’s long term franchise partner Al-Futtaim group, which now operates 26 M&S stores across eight territories in the region.
Omar Al Futtaim, chairman of Al-Futtaim Group, joined Marc Bolland, Marks & Spencer chief executive, to officially open the shop at The View in Salmiya on Thursday.
Bolland said: “We’re delighted to officially open our largest international store in Kuwait... The Middle East is a priority market for Marks & Spencer and through our successful partnership with Al-Futtaim we are continuing to build our presence here.”
John Cooper, managing director of Marks & Spencer Al-Futtaim group MENA, added: “Through the introduction of Marks & Spencer’s largest store outside of the UK and Ireland, customers in Kuwait can now shop our most extensive fashion collections whilst also sampling the best of authentic English cuisine our M&S Café has to offer.”
The store also includes a M&S Café with seating for 60 people, its second M&S Café in the region outside of the UAE.