By  on October 3, 2008

SHANGHAI — A day after the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 59th anniversary of its founding on Oct. 1, the country got a taste of something completely different in the form of British heritage as embodied by Marks & Spencer. The U.K. retailer opened its first flagship Thursday on Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu, and the slowing global economy seemed to little diminish the crowd of curious shoppers.

Prior to the store’s opening, Marks & Spencer staged an outdoor fashion show in the Wujiang Lu pedestrian street, a food district that runs behind the store.

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