MARKS & Spencer has launched a recruitment drive to fill 120 vacancies at its new Speke store.
The retail giant is opening a new clothing-only shop on the New Mersey Retail Park, close to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in the spring.
It will provide 20,000 sq ft of shop-ping space and has been described as an "exciting, contemporary new store" by the company.
Marks & Spencer is now looking for 120 staff to fill a range of jobs from operational roles to customer assist-ants and sales advisers.
Area manager Debbie Morgan said the new store shows the firm's commitment to Merseyside. She added: "This is a major investment for the Liverpool region, providing an additional 20,000 sq ft of floor space and 120 new jobs.
"It is very exciting to begin the recruitment drive for Speke. We are looking for talented and creative people who know how to make customers' shopping experience exciting, memorable and pleasurable.
"Our new store will provide an inspirational shopping environment, with a focus on fashion and style. We are looking forward to welcoming customers to the store in spring 2004."
The high street giant has taken the former Uniqlo and Carpet Right units which will be converted into one store.
The company is also looking for a second location nearby that it intends to use as a food store.
The deal finally brings Marks & Spencer's long search for a site in South Liverpool to an end.
The retailer has been poised to open a store in the area for several years without success.
Plans put forward by a private developer earlier this year for a food store in Allerton were rejected after complaints by residents.
The £7m development would have been a four-storey scheme on a triangular site currently occupied by Allerton library.
As well as the 11,000 sq ft Simply Food store, there would have been a 24-hour library, police station, council one-stop shop and 25 flats.
However, residents said traffic congestion would destroy an area considered to be "the jewel in the crown" of South Liverpool.
Liverpool City Council also refused to sell the site to the developer.
The firm is still looking for a suitable site for a new Simply Food store in Heswall, Wirral.
It would be the second Marks & Spencer store on the peninsula and would be among 150 Simply Food stores across the country which have been outlined to be built by 2005. One of these is being built in Formby and is due to open early next year.
Potential applicants for jobs at the Speke store can call 0845-309 6001 for further details...SUPL: