Hundreds of shoppers queued to get a first look at a new M&S foodhall.

The new site in Uckfield’s Ashdown Business Park opened its doors to shoppers yesterday after months of preparation.

M&S said more than 400 customers started queuing from 7am to be the first one inside.

Percy Pig was on hand to welcome eager shoppers to the new store when it opened at 9am as the team handed out 200 golden tickets to the first people through the door. Every golden ticket holder was guaranteed a win – whether it was a free bag of Percy Pigs or freshly baked cookies from the new M&S bakery.

And one lucky customer won a £200 M&S voucher.

Inside the brand-new 15,000 sq. ft foodhall, customers will find a market design, with displays brimming with produce from M&S Select Farms, a bakery offering fresh daily-baked bread and pastries, including M&S Collection sourdough and the exclusive M&S Yumnuts™.

The Argus: Inside the new M&S at UckfieldInside the new M&S at Uckfield (Image: M&S)

Customers will also find a dedicated M&S wine shop featuring an award-winning selection of popular favourites in the M&S Classics range as well as new varieties to discover from unexpected locations in the “Found” range.

There will also be a wide range of M&S Remarksable products.

In addition, there are new digital click-and-collect points for shopping at and an expanded M&S frozen section.


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Store manager Gavin Boddy, who has worked at M&S for four years, said: “We are thrilled to officially open our brand-new store in Uckfield. The last few weeks have been so exciting for us all as we’ve seen the store take shape, and I’d like to thank everyone in our team of 90 colleagues for all their hard work to make sure everything is ready for our customers today.

“The store is an exciting investment in the future of M&S in Uckfield, and I can’t wait for our customers to explore all the new features that the store has to offer. With our amazing new, fresh market feel foodhall, we really do have the best of M&S here for everyone to enjoy.”

As well as creating over 90 new jobs, the foodhall represents a significant investment in Uckfield’s local economy. It comes following the retailer’s pledge to invest c.£480 million in its store rotation programme, subsequently creating over 3,400 new jobs nationwide.

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 10:30am to 4:30pm.