TWO weeks today customers will be able to shop at the new M&S Food Hall, TK Maxx, H&M, Boots and Starbucks at the expanded Orchard Centre.
The retail giants are the first to confirm the March 22 opening date for the new £50million development.
The staggered opening will see TK Maxx first to cut the metaphorical ribbon at 9am, followed by M&S at 10am, and H&M an hour later.
Phase II of the 8,825sqm extension has been anchored by the flagship M&S Food Hall.
Store manager Matt Eastgate said: “My team and I are really excited to reveal our opening date and can’t wait to show the community what we’ve been working on.
“We’re counting down the days and once we’re open we’ll be ensuring we put our customers at the heart of everything we do.”
The store will be open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm, and 11am to 4pm on Sundays, and feature a 48-seat M&S Café and a team of 50 locally recruited staff.
The H&M store measures around 1,500sqm and will offer its first 200 customers an exclusive goodie bag.
All those in the queue before 11am will receive a 25 per cent discount for the day.
Carlos Duarte, H&M’s country manager for UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be opening a brand new store in Didcot.
“This new location is an exciting opportunity for the brand to expand and bring our fantastic fashion offering to customers.”
Clothing retailer TK Maxx will create up to 40 jobs at its 1,400sqm store.
Last month, developer Hammerson announced the much-anticipated addition of popular chicken restaurant Nando’s at the entrance to a new restaurant area.
Andrew Berger-North, a director at developers Hammerson, said: “We are delighted to be opening the first phase of stores.
“Over 60 per cent of the new floor space has already been let, and a number of exciting brands are currently under offer or in advanced talks to take space in Didcot for the first time.”
Councillor Jane Murphy, deputy leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This will really help to attract more people to the area and I look forward to seeing more shops and restaurants opening in the coming weeks.”
An additional 325 parking spaces will be provided for shoppers, bringing the total up to 875 at the Orchard Centre. There will also be more cycle racks for customers.