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It was Autumn of 1918, amidst the end of the First World War, when a small 900 square-foot penny bazaar opened at 40 Murraygate in Dundee, named Marks & Spencer.  It was the first M&S to open in Scotland.

Fast forward 100 years and M&S’s footprint in Scotland has grown dramatically. We now have 100 stores, serve two million customers in Scotland every week, employ 6,500 people and work in partnership with over 40 Scottish suppliers and 4,000 Scottish farmers and producers.

To celebrate our rich and diverse Scottish heritage and produce we’re proud to be launching a Centenary Taste Trail which will kick off at the 100-year anniversary of our Dundee store and go on to visit 5 Scottish locations before culminating at our Glasgow store’s own 100-year anniversary party in January 2019.

The family-friendly ‘festival of food’ will offer our customers across Scotland free Scottish food tastings, live music, and an exciting demo kitchen run by our talented development chefs. Some of M&S’s Scottish suppliers will also be on hand to showcase their quality produce and tell their farm to fork story to eager ears.

A centenary is an incredible milestone, and we wanted to celebrate such a momentous achievement with the Scottish communities who have made it all possible by supporting us through our 100 years. That’s why we’re creating a truly community-led experience, bringing the best of our Scottish produce to 5 communities where we operate. Our centenary celebrations are all about saying thank you to our Scottish customers and colleagues, profiling our fantastic Scottish suppliers, all the while delving into our history. To top it all off, we’ll be exhibiting never-before-seen archive photography of the local Scottish communities where we call home – be it our oldest store in Dundee, or our newest in Oban!

Our uniforms, products and stores may have changed over 100 years but our commitment to Scotland is as firm now as it was a century ago. By staying attuned to what customers need in Scotland – whether that’s changing tastes, fashions or new innovative digital ways to shop - we hope to transform M&S for the better and serve Scotland for the next century.

We’re proud to have supported Scotland for 100 years and we’re excited to see what another 100 years hold.