Past meets present at the opening of the Marks and Spencer superstore in Longbridge
Past meets present at the opening of the Marks and Spencer superstore in Longbridge

The new Marks and Spencer superstore was officially opened today by original ‘supermodel’ Twiggy, who also met with customers and talked about her M & S collection of women’s clothing.

Shoppers queued to enter the store, on the site of the former MG Rover works in Longbridge, where they were greeted with a complimentary glass of Prosecco.

A display of classic Minis in front of the store reminded shoppers of the heritage of the site where, at the time of closure, 6,500 people were employed.

Ten years on since the factory closure devastated the local community, the development of the site by St Modwen is taking shape, with more stores (Poundland, Mountain Warehouse, Boots and more) set to open before Christmas and more under negotiation.

Here are a few of our images from today’s opening event.

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Video live streamed from the opening:

Video of the Marks and Spencer Longbridge opening – live streamed via Periscope

Posted by B31 Voices on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

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  1. Yet again traffic is really bad coming out of sainsburys was a night mare with m&s traffic some one should be there to direct the traffic acciident waiting to happen

  2. M&S is a fabulous addition to the local area. We were in desperate need of a decent shop. I agree, the traffic is heavier, but I thought that although you can enter the site via the Longbridge high street, that you had to leave at the back of the site that brings you out on to the Lickey Road. I could be wrong, but I was directed out that way on Wednesday and have continued to go out that way each time I’ve been down there. I understand there are plans afoot to widen Longbridge Lane, but I can’t see how this is going to make the traffic run more smoothly, as you can still only travel at a certain speed. It’s about time that the Highways Team at Birmingham City Council came and did a really detailed study at all times of the day in Longbridge Lane and the surrounding roads because they clearly don’t understand just how busy it is.


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