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Marks & Spencer Opens Simply Food Store at Moto's Stafford Service Area

17 March 2005

The new store has created 30 new full and part-time jobs for the area and will give motorway users the opportunity to stop off en route to pick up quality food products. Customers will be able to choose from a wide range of ready meals, fresh produce, sandwiches, salads, snacks and fresh flowers.

The new Stafford store is the seventh Marks & Spencer Simply Food stores to open at Moto’s motorway service areas. Moto and Marks & Spencer launched the first Simply Food motorway store at Toddington in August 2003 and have recently opened stores at Moto’s Cherwell Valley, Reading, Knutsford and Leigh Delamere Service Areas.

Brian Lotts, Moto’s Managing Director, said: “We’re constantly looking at ways to increase the choice available to motorists who use motorway service areas. As well as increasing variety, the Marks & Spencer Simply Food offering is the perfect solution for busy commuters who need to top up their weekly shop on their way home.”

Paul Horwell, Simply Food Franchise Manager, said: “We are pleased to bring the successful Simply Food concept to Stafford.  Feedback from motorists has been excellent since the first Marks & Spencer Simply Food format was introduced to Toddington Service Area in 2003 and we are sure that this will be echoed at Stafford.”

The new store will be open from 8am-10pm Sunday to Friday and 8am-8pm on Saturdays.


Moto Hospitality Ltd, part of SSP UK, is Britain’s biggest operator of motorway service areas, with 48 sites catering for the needs of over 120 million travellers every year.

SSP is the leading provider of food and beverage services in airports, railway stations and motorway service areas worldwide. SSP has over 40 years experience of serving the travelling customer, through a portfolio of international and national brands and tailor made concepts. SSP currently operates in 23 countries.

For further information contact:
Suzanne Hollinshead 01525 714467 or 07956 099755 email
Emma Sohl on 01525 714467 email

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