Retailer, Marks & Spencer, is linking up with London store, Selfridges, to bring an exciting new concept in shopping to Manchester.

Selfridges is taking up 120,000 sq ft of space in M&S's flagship store in Manchester's city centre. M&S will also trade in 120,000 sq ft. The innovative design will allow customers to shop in both M&S and Selfridges across a central internal mall between the two stores.

M&S's managing director of UK Retail, Roger Holmes said: "This is a great opportunity for both Marks & Spencer and Selfridges and we believe that the real winners will be the people of Manchester.

"Bringing Marks & Spencer and Selfridges together under one roof is an innovative way of making Manchester city centre a world-class shopping destination."

Selfridges is due to open in the Manchester M&S store in autumn next year.

M&S is also opening a 36,000 sq ft store in the Trafford Centre in Manchester this summer, bringing the total selling space in the region to nearly 500,000 sq ft.

The store group has invested around £150m in the Manchester region over the last five years and over £9m this year alone.

By Deborah Bowyer