Marks & Spencer was handed the keys to its Westfield Stratford City store on Tuesday, when manager Lee Boon and his team moved in to prepare for the flagship mall’s opening on September 13.

With 136,000 sq ft of selling space, the shop will be M&S’s third biggest when it opens – behind Marble Arch and Bluewater –  and 30% bigger than the Westfield London store.

The shop will be the first to feature key elements of Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland’s in-store strategy including an improved navigation scheme, a “unique look and feel” for the retailer’s sub-brands and enhanced food fixtures to better accentuate the quality and freshness of the range.

Food will be on the lower ground floor. The ground floor will de dedicated to womenwear, the first to lingerie and menswear and the second to home and childrenswear.

M&S will employ 550 people at the shop, which will be the retailer’s most operationally carbon efficient to date. It is the second of M&S’s Plan A ‘Sustainable Learning’ stores after Ecclesall Road in Sheffield.