MARKS & SPENCER TO LAUNCH TRIAL OF C-STORE UNITS NEAR LONDON

LONDON -- Marks & Spencer here said last week it is taking its food business local.The British retailer has announced plans to open two trial stores in a new, convenience-store format. The stores will open in May 2001 and will be located in Twickenham, England, and Surbiton, England, two commuter communities surrounding London.The stores will average 3,000 square feet and will sell about 1,500 to

LONDON -- Marks & Spencer here said last week it is taking its food business local.

The British retailer has announced plans to open two trial stores in a new, convenience-store format. The stores will open in May 2001 and will be located in Twickenham, England, and Surbiton, England, two commuter communities surrounding London.

The stores will average 3,000 square feet and will sell about 1,500 to 2,000 products, focusing on prepared meals, sandwiches, fresh produce

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