Founded by Russian-born, Polish refugee Michael Marks with a Leeds market stall in 1884, the enterprise - selling everything for one penny - had grown to 12 establishments by 1894 when Thomas Spencer joined, bringing his bookkeeping skills and investment of £300. Today, Marks and Spencer has more than 560 UK stores as well as 150 stores worldwide, in 30 countries.
What Can You Buy at M&SThe company specialises in budget to modestly priced, high quality clothing for men, women and children. Most Englishwomen, no matter what their social status, have at least some M&S lingerie or underwear. The company has an online presence where other kinds of goods, including furniture and home electronics are sold. Visit the M&S website to see the company's full range of goods.
Everything sold in Marks and Spencer, including food, is made under contract to M&S, sold under M&S's own brands and exclusive to the stores.
M&S Also Sells FoodConsider that an understatement. M&S's grocery operation is so successful that the company opened a separate group of smaller branches - known as M&S: Simply Food - that sells nothing but. M&S food is more expensive and has a reputation for being more selective as well as of higher quality than groceries found in other high street stores and supermarkets. A specialty is ready to cook, prepared dishes, or recipe dishes where all the ingredients for a home-cooked version of a special meal are included in the same package.
Visitors will find M&S grocery departments or its "Simply Food" branches useful for really tempting picnic supplies as well as tins of biscuits (cookies), sweets (candies) and teas to take home as gifts.