M&S finds new market at site of founder's stall

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

Marks & Spencer is going back to its Jewish roots with a heritage market stall and coffee shop in Leeds, where M&S founder Michael Marks began trading.

These will open in March at Kirkgate Market, where Mr Marks had his penny bazaar stall from 1884. In 1894, he entered into partnership with Tom Spencer and the brand was born.

The heritage venture will coincide with the first anniversary of the Marks in Time exhibition at the M&S company archive in Leeds University’s Michael Marks Building.

M&S archivist Alison Houston said the stall “will give visitors the chance to experience the origins and history of Marks & Spencer inside its original setting”.

Leeds councillor Richard Lewis was “really pleased to have a Marks & Spencer stall back in Kirkgate Market where Michael Marks opened the famous penny bazaar”.

Last updated: 10:45am, January 21 2013