M&S is handing out 200 ‘golden tickets’ to the first customers at its new Trafford Centre store

There's loads of freebies up for grabs for the lucky winners.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 28th November 2023

A massive new M&S store is opening at the Trafford Centre this week, and the first 200 hundred people through the doors will be the lucky winners of loads of freebies.

In case you hadn’t heard, after it was revealed all the way back in January that M&S would be relocating from its old unit and taking over the former Debenhams site inside the Greater Manchester shopping centre, the retailer’s brand-new Trafford Centre store is finally opening to the public this week.

The new ‘mega store’ is set to throw open its doors this Thursday (30 November) at 10am, which is just in time for Christmas, so shoppers can get stuck in to buying all their festive food and gifts before the big day arrives.

Opening as part of M&S‘ ongoing plans and wider investment to regenerate vacant sites in major UK shopping centres, the new M&S Trafford Centre store spans across a whopping 98,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Shoppers are being told to prepare themselves for “an even bigger and better store”.


There’ll be huge new “spacious and stylish” Clothing, Home, and Beauty departments, as well as a brand-new M&S Cafe, and the star of the show being the all-new “market style” Food Hall – which will stock the full M&S Food range, and have “wider and brighter aisles” to and free designated car parking to make shopping “more convenient”.

180 new jobs have also been created by the opening of the new store, with staff at M&S’ former Trafford Centre store transferring over to the new location once it opens this week.


The store is led by Store Manager, Laura Smith, along with a team of 420 M&S colleagues.

The brand-new ‘mega store’ is officially opening to the Greater Manchester public this week / Credit: M&S

Excited to open the new store and offer local customers the very best service, Laura commented: “We can’t wait until we can finally welcome customers through our doors, as it’s been a busy few weeks behind the scenes, with the whole team working really hard to get everything ready for opening day.

“We’re really excited for everyone to see what the new store has to offer.”


Percy Pig will be on-hand to welcome shoppers to the new store and help the team hand out 200 ‘golden tickets’ to the first customers through the door, with every golden ticket holder guaranteed a win – whether that be a free bag of Percy Pigs, freshly-baked cookies from the new M&S Bakery, or something even bigger.

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To mark the occasion, one lucky customer will even win a £200 M&S voucher.

Featured Image – M&S