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By Abigail Nicholson

M&S is moving out of Compton House after almost 100 years at the iconic site in Liverpool city centre.

Retail giant Marks and Spencer has announced they will be closing its Church Street store and moving to the Debenhams building in Liverpool ONE. All staff in the Church Street store are aware of the plans and will be given the opportunity to transfer to the new store on the corner of Lord Street.

Debenhams closed its Liverpool store in May along with 123 others nationally. The collapse of the retailer saw the loss of around 12,000 jobs.

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Online retailer Boohoo bought the Debenhams brand and website for £55m in January. Since the closure of the store in May no other retailer has moved in.

Pete Dobson, Regional Manager for M&S, said: "We’re really excited to announce our plans to open a brand new M&S store in the Liverpool ONE shopping centre. The new store, which we expect to open in mid-2023, will offer the very best of M&S in a prime location in Liverpool city centre.

"Local residents and visitors to the city will be able to shop across a wide range of M&S products in our new Foodhall and Clothing & Home departments, in a fresh, modern store with fully integrated digital technology to support customers however they want to shop.

"In line with this investment in a new M&S store for Liverpool city centre, our existing store at 35 Church Street will close once the new store is ready to open with all colleagues having the opportunity to transfer to work in the new store.”

M&S moved into Grade II listed Compton House in 1930. The building was one of the first purpose built department stores in Europe, but also spent a short period of time as a hotel that catered mainly for American guests. Marks and Spencer has sat in the building ever since.

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