Marks & Spencer to open new food store in Eastleigh town centre

Daily Echo: M&S to open new store in town centre creating 50 jobs M&S to open new store in town centre creating 50 jobs

IT IS one of the best-known names on the high street.

And now Marks & Spencer could be set to open a store in a Hampshire town, creating around 50 jobs.

The retail giant has plans for a food store in Eastleigh town centre, which it hopes to open from early next year.

It plans to put in a planning application next month for the 16,000sqft store, which will be on the site of a car park currently used by customers of the nearby Lidl store, off the roundabout that connects Twyford Road and Romsey Road.

If successful, work could start on the site later this year.

The store is part of the company’s plans to expand its Simply Food network by opening a further 150 stores in the next three years.

Marks & Spencer is working with Cordwell Property Group, which delivers retail and leisure schemes throughout the UK.

Cllr Keith House, leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, said it was great news for the town and followed in the footsteps of recent additions such as the cinema and restaurant development at the Swan Centre, the Travelodge hotel, the expansion of The Point theatre and the arrival of the council itself.

Eastleigh Borough Council moved from the Leigh Road civic offices to its £12m new centrally located headquarters at Eastleigh House last month.

Cllr House added: “Marks & Spencer will be a great addition to our town centre offer and its location close to the railway station and high street will bring more people into the town to shop and boost trade for all.”

Chris Smith, Simply Food acquisitions manager for Marks & Spencer, said: “The store will enhance our presence in the region and offer our customers the very best of Marks & Spencer food in a convenient location.”

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7:48pm Thu 10 Apr 14

headinhands says...

I live and work I'm Eastleigh and I cannot see the point of this store at all. But I suppose it's better than another charity shop!
I live and work I'm Eastleigh and I cannot see the point of this store at all. But I suppose it's better than another charity shop! headinhands
  • Score: 7

8:33pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Quentin Heslop says...

I think M&S have finally lost the plot.
I think M&S have finally lost the plot. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Stubs says...

Good news for Eastleigh. I hope it encourages better people in this area. Eastleigh has gone to pot with all these charity shops and betting shops. I fact most people call it Beastleigh .
Good news for Eastleigh. I hope it encourages better people in this area. Eastleigh has gone to pot with all these charity shops and betting shops. I fact most people call it Beastleigh . Stubs
  • Score: 13

9:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Reality-man says...

At least it's nice and easy to park around there
At least it's nice and easy to park around there Reality-man
  • Score: 0

9:22pm Thu 10 Apr 14

derek james says...

can't see the point in it, who is going to buy overpriced ms food when lidl's stores are getting bakeries which sell food at a fraction of the price.with regards charity shops don't knock them, you might need the charity's help if you get cancer or some other nasty condition.
can't see the point in it, who is going to buy overpriced ms food when lidl's stores are getting bakeries which sell food at a fraction of the price.with regards charity shops don't knock them, you might need the charity's help if you get cancer or some other nasty condition. derek james
  • Score: -1

10:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Dan Brain says...

The plan seems to be build on the existing car parking facilities providing a shop that isn't needed and then build multi story car parks on the industrial sites further away from the town across the bridge. Who's going to biuld these and how is it to be funded I wonder....silly questian....EBC with borrowed money of course no wonder they needed to raise the borrowing limit to £140million tonight.
The plan seems to be build on the existing car parking facilities providing a shop that isn't needed and then build multi story car parks on the industrial sites further away from the town across the bridge. Who's going to biuld these and how is it to be funded I wonder....silly questian....EBC with borrowed money of course no wonder they needed to raise the borrowing limit to £140million tonight. Dan Brain
  • Score: 3

11:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Reality-man wrote:
At least it's nice and easy to park around there
How is it going to be easy to park,if they build on the car park there?
Marks & Sparks are seriously going to have to be asked,(if not a condition of planning permission),to pay megga bucks to improve on the current roundabout which will provide access to the store/s,and also, right up to the "chicane" at the traffic lights by the north end of Market St,which is also a problem in the immediate roads area.
The traffic from Market St,through to the Twyford Rd/Station Hill roundabout is always seriously congested to what appears to be maximum capacity,without the addition of a source of more traffic,which will only exacerbate an already dangerous and bottlenecked roundabout.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: At least it's nice and easy to park around there[/p][/quote]How is it going to be easy to park,if they build on the car park there? Marks & Sparks are seriously going to have to be asked,(if not a condition of planning permission),to pay megga bucks to improve on the current roundabout which will provide access to the store/s,and also, right up to the "chicane" at the traffic lights by the north end of Market St,which is also a problem in the immediate roads area. The traffic from Market St,through to the Twyford Rd/Station Hill roundabout is always seriously congested to what appears to be maximum capacity,without the addition of a source of more traffic,which will only exacerbate an already dangerous and bottlenecked roundabout. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 6

7:27am Fri 11 Apr 14

ju_ju68 says...

I think the daily echo might have got this slightly wrong, from the artist impressions I have seen this is going to be built on the "railway side of the car park( lidl customers park on the other side of the car park) this "railway side, is underused, as lots of rail passengers park at the parkway station, where there is lots of parking. I think this store will do really well, if nothing else, from all the office workers at the new civic offices( sandwiches at lunch times, and picking up thing to take home for supper) Like others have said however, congestion of the roads in that area, is already really bad, and this will not improve matters! oh well glad I moved away from Eastleigh to the countryside of Cornwall to escape the traffic! but still think it will be good for the town.
I think the daily echo might have got this slightly wrong, from the artist impressions I have seen this is going to be built on the "railway side of the car park( lidl customers park on the other side of the car park) this "railway side, is underused, as lots of rail passengers park at the parkway station, where there is lots of parking. I think this store will do really well, if nothing else, from all the office workers at the new civic offices( sandwiches at lunch times, and picking up thing to take home for supper) Like others have said however, congestion of the roads in that area, is already really bad, and this will not improve matters! oh well glad I moved away from Eastleigh to the countryside of Cornwall to escape the traffic! but still think it will be good for the town. ju_ju68
  • Score: 4

10:07am Fri 11 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

Building on Lidl's car park? What an utterly stupid idea.

Oh, House is involved and welcomes it.

QED.
Building on Lidl's car park? What an utterly stupid idea. Oh, House is involved and welcomes it. QED. From the sidelines
  • Score: 8

2:20pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Chrischrischris says...

Not only is there not enough parking spaces there as it is, without them building ON half the current car park, that junction is a complete nightmare at the best of times now, it will be 10x worse if more people are trying to get there to shop.

I hope this doesn't go ahead.
Not only is there not enough parking spaces there as it is, without them building ON half the current car park, that junction is a complete nightmare at the best of times now, it will be 10x worse if more people are trying to get there to shop. I hope this doesn't go ahead. Chrischrischris
  • Score: 4

2:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Chrischrischris says...

I thought they wanted to open in the old Comet unit on woodside avenue? What happened to that idea?
I thought they wanted to open in the old Comet unit on woodside avenue? What happened to that idea? Chrischrischris
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Harrysdog says...

The 50 new jobs will all be security guards protecting the M&S stock for pikeys stealing it.
The 50 new jobs will all be security guards protecting the M&S stock for pikeys stealing it. Harrysdog
  • Score: -1

8:05pm Fri 11 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Building on Lidl's car park? What an utterly stupid idea.

Oh, House is involved and welcomes it.

QED.
House and his blindly following councillors want it because they only shop at Waitrose using the £800 a year parking money.

Why not have parking on the roof?
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Building on Lidl's car park? What an utterly stupid idea. Oh, House is involved and welcomes it. QED.[/p][/quote]House and his blindly following councillors want it because they only shop at Waitrose using the £800 a year parking money. Why not have parking on the roof? issacchunt
  • Score: 3

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