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Doors of new Costessey Marks and Spencer will open next week

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 12 August 2015

Work almost completed on the M&S Foodstore at Longwater Retail Park, Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Work almost completed on the M&S Foodstore at Longwater Retail Park, Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2015

A new Marks & Spencer store will open its doors on the outskirts of Norwich next week.

The 7,700 sq ft foodhall will open at Longwater Retail Park at Costessey next Wednesday, with bosses saying it will create 63 new jobs.

But the move led to a note of caution being sounded by city centre managers, concerned at the possible impact on Norwich itself.

It follows Marks & Spencer’s decisions to open a Simply Food store in Sweet Briar Retail Park on Norwich’s ring road last summer and to move out of Great Yarmouth town centre to the out of town Gapton Hall Retail Park.

The new Costessey foodhall will stock more than 4,500 food and drink lines, including beers and wines and fresh produce, as well as a bakery and a 50-seat cafe.

Rob Jackson, store manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing the very best of M&S food to New Costessey.

“We’re confident that our high quality offering will appeal to locals, as well as those in the surrounding areas, and think that the store is a great addition to Longwater Retail Park.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming customers when we open our doors at 10am on Wednesday.”

The store will be open between 8am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and 10am and 4.30pm on Sundays.

Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich Business Improvement District, said: “At a local level, it is good that Marks & Spencer are investing in this area, although we would obviously prefer that to be in the city centre.

“But they have invested £50m in the city centre 
store, so we know they are committed to Norwich. I can see that they are looking 
at convenience shopping 
and competing with the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury’s, with their smaller stores.

“We would make a case for not investing too heavily in out of town, but ultimately it comes down to local authorities making decisions. I would hope there is a common sense approach across the councils.”

The arrival of M&S at Costessey follows the opening last week of a new Next store opposite the retail park.

The superstore has moved from its former site at the retail park.

Do you have a business story? Call business editor Ben Woods on 01603 772426 or email ben.woods@archant.co.uk

15 comments

  • Adams: struck a chord did I?

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

  • i live in derby now but am norwich born n bread n have family in costessey and this new m and s store is great news for older people and young to. m and s have great quality food and at reasonable prices. easily accesible and goof news. about time people stopprd moaning and appreciate such a great company.

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    adams

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

  • I find it easier to drive into the city centre and park there than go to Longwater as the road is far more congested than the city centre roads (providing you avoid the rush hour of course), the roundabouts are horrible and getting out of Sainsbury's is difficult. I don't mind paying for parking in the city centre and nor do many people judging by the number of cars in the car parks.

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    Poppy

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • City centre goes car free. Shops open up on the outskirts. Sherlock not required to sort out this one.

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • I suggest that the store manager stands in the middle of New Costessey > He might realise how far his shop is from that suburb . It`s Longwater , miles away .The only bus service up there from New Costessey is Sainsbury`s free bus , Tuesdays and Fridays .

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    dragonfly

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • I don't understand all these comments about 'pandering to the motorist' etc . There are regular bus services to the Longwater Business Park and lots of people use them. All the buses going to Queens Hills stop there as well. There is also a cycle track if that is peoples preferred mode of transport.

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    bumble7

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • Wonderful news. For affluent pensioners. And Jennifer Jane, your complaint that that they're 'pandering to the motorist' is truly insightful. Yes that's right, the idea is that if you run a business you do all you can to make money you see? That's how retail works. But remember, this isn't just any old business pandering to the (elderly) motorist .......it's a 'Marks and Spencer store' pandering to the motorist.

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • HOW can there be a BAKERY in M&S when there is no sign of a dough mixer, divider or proving area. this is a bake off unit with all the products made in one large factory and frozen to sight and price to match. --please support your local bakers shop and butcher for the fresh products they sell one day you may not have a car or a bus service and say i wish we still had local shops

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    k day

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • I love the M&S food store at Sweetbriar-great M&S quality and reasonably priced too.Don't want to go into the city to pay parking charges and cope with congestion when I can go to the out-of-t own shop in 10 minutes.

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    Kerryowner

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • Yet again stores pandering to the motorist. There is a large portion of the shopping public who don't see the necessity to run a car. These people have as much money if not more than those who buy a car, tax , insure it and full it with fuel. Not saying I don't go to the retail park as there is a good bus service even if it is often delayed by too many cars.

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    jennifer jane

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • I often have to go to work via the Longwater junction and find it is getting busier as the new stores are opened. Be glad when the road is finished as it may help traffic congestion and I will get to work in less time. It has been awful on some days.

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    JEN

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • Have been in the new Yarmouth M&S, but didn't buy anything - not that I ever do from their food places, what a shame though just as the old Coop store in the market place is being revamped and reopened that the old M&S building is sitting empty, until another bank decides to move into it, no doubt. As people say, parking is free - but Norwich Council see us motorists as worse than the plague and a handy cash rich persona to collect money off. Shades of the Sheriff of Nottingham

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    manbythesea

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • I agree with Nigel.... Its also good news that M&S, Ikea, b&m, next etc all investing in these out of town retail parks easy to get to free parking... Why use the city centre?... When Norwich City council will wake up and realise that being anti car is not a good thing cause they will ultimately lose business rates and the likes of Broadland and south Norfolk council will gain... The car parks are to expensive and the P&R is also getting a bit expensive which I know is down to Norfolk council to sort but they have found extra money for the NDR so put some into the P&R try and keep the city centre business' alive

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    nr3

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • If you order clothes from the M&S website they can usually be picked up at a food outlet the next day. Another reason not to go into the city quite so often.

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    bumble7

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • Ample parking spaces within easy walking distance all free of charge. Need I say any more?

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    NigelS

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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