M&S, an Elite retailer in IRUK Top500 research, this week set out how it plans to reengineer its stores in the light of the changing way that shoppers now buy. Here are the key points.

Opening new stores…

The retailer plans to put the focus on its key growth area – food. It plans to open 34 new food stores over the next six months, as well as two clothing, home and food stores. These will be in central locations, such as Bishopsgate near London Liverpool Street, and Spinningfields in central Manchester, that are more convenient for shoppers buying food.

M&S chief executive Steve Rowe said: “M&S stores will always be an integral part of our customer offer, working seamlessly alongside our website, M&S.com, to deliver great products and service to our customers. However, our customers’ shopping habits are changing. Picking up food for now or…