M&S fires China boss after flagship store disaster

Richard Sweet, who had been with M&S for more than 20 years, left after the retailer's disastrous debut, which has seen a multitude of complaints about the availability and range of products.

M&S opened a flagship 40,000 sq ft store on Shanghai's West Nanjing road, one of the city's most popular shopping streets, last October amid indifference from both Chinese and expatriate Westerners. The store was deserted during the key Christmas trading period.

Mr Sweet had decades of experience opening stores in Russia, India and the Middle East, but was left helpless by a series of mishaps in China.

Chinese customs officials blocked M&S goods and poor supply chain management resulted in rows of bare shelves at the store. Simeon Piasecki, who manages M&S in Hong Kong, will now also run it in China.


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