The Simply Food-branded shops are M&S’s food and drink convenience stores. The store format was launched in 2001 under the then chairman and chief executive, Luc Vandevelde. There are now around 355 M&S Simply Food stores across the UK that specialise in selling ready-made meals, sandwiches, desserts and snacks and beverages.
A number of Simply Food stores are run under franchise agreements. Select Service Partner (SSP) runs the stores at mainline railway stations and airports, Moto has stores at several of its motorway service stations, and BP operates 116 petrol forecourts with a Simply Food offer.