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Asda's Headquarters, Asda House in Leeds Asda Stores Limited is an American owned, British supermarket chain which retails food, clothing, general merchandise, toys and financial services. It also has a mobile telephone network, (via the Vodafone Network), Asda Mobile . Its head office is at Asda House in Leeds , West Yorkshire . [ 1 ] Asda became a subsidiary of the American retail giant Walmart , the world’s largest retailer, [ 2 ] in 1999, [ 3 ] and is the UK's second largest chain by market share after Tesco . [ 4 ] In December 2010, Asda's share of the UK grocery market stood at 16.5%. [ 5 ] Asda's marketing promotions are usually based solely on price, with Asda promoting itself under the slogan Britain's Lowest Priced Supermarket, 14 Years Running .
Marks and Spencer plc (also known as M&S ; colloquially known as Marks and Sparks , Marks's or, simply, Marks ) is a major British retailer headquartered in the City of Westminster , London, with 703 stores in the United Kingdom and 361 stores spread across more than 40 countries. [ 2 ] It specialises in the selling of clothing and luxury food products. M&S was founded in 1884 by Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer in Leeds . In 1998, it became the first British retailer to make a pre-tax profit of over £1 billion, [ 3 ] though a few years later it plunged into a crisis which lasted for several years. In November 2009, it was announced that Marc Bolland , formerly of Morrisons , [ 4 ] would take over as chief executive from executive chairman Stuart Rose in early 2010; Rose remained in the role of non-executive chairman until he was replaced by Robert Swannell in January 2011. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index .
Issue 47 Feb / Mar 2009 : Retail : Store Lighting Design: LAPD The Marks & Spencer store anchors the Westfield London scheme - one of the biggest European retail developments this decade. The 103,000 sq ft store offers customers an unrivalled M&S shopping experience and the lighting scheme includes a number of design features in line with Plan A, M&S’ ‘eco’ plan, most notably a Heliostat system in the central atrium. Within the shopping mall coloured light creates interest to both the ground and first floor facades. On entering the store, impact is provided by continuous fluorescent lines of light passing unbroken through gaps in the central rafts designed to draw the customer into the space.
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 07:28 GMT, 27 January 2012 M&S bosses are going green with a vast new store, currently under construction. Their soon-to-open Cheshire Oaks branch, near Ellsemere Port, on the Wirral, will be the biggest after the flagship store at Marble Arch, London. And it will have the most environmentally conscious credentials of any Marks and Spencer - and has taken almost seven years to create. The Cheshire Oaks branch, near Ellsemere Port, on the Wirral, will have the most environmentally conscious credentials of any Marks and Spencer when it opens in June - and has taken almost seven years to create There are as many as 250 trades people and managers on-site each day and it has taken more than 1,000 contractors, sub-contractors, architects, designers and experts to get the store ready to hand over to merchandisers, final fit shop fitters and the new 350-employees in June.
Marc Bolland Chief Executive Appointed in May 2010. Marc began his career at Heineken NV in The Netherlands in 1987, occupying several Marketing and Sales management roles. In 1995 he was appointed Managing Director for Heineken in Slovakia, becoming Managing Director for Heineken Export Worldwide in 1999.