October 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Fifty new jobs are set to be created near Norwich as a result of the opening of a new Marks and Spencer store.
Planning permission was granted for the new M&S Simply Food store on Longwater Retail Park in Costessey last week, which is set to open in spring 2015.
The new store follows the launch of the M&S Simply Food store in Sweet Briar Retail Park last month.
Steve Smy, head of region for East Anglia at M&S, said: “We’re excited to be opening a second Simply Food store in Norwich.”
“Our first in Sweet Briar Retail Park has been extremely popular since its launch in July and our new store will make M&S even more accessible to shoppers in Norwich. Together, our two stores will bring the very best of M&S food to the city.”
The 8,500sqft store, which will create 50 jobs, will occupy Unit C of the Longwater Retail Park. The shop will also feature an in-store bakery and 50 seater café.
Michael Lawrence, of Royal London, the company that owns the retail park, said: “We are delighted to have secured M&S as a tenant at Longwater. Their presence will further increase the attractiveness of the retail park to shoppers.”
The announcement comes after M&S announced last month that it was planning to move out of its town centre store in King Street, Great Yarmouth, and open a Simply Food store on the out-of-town Gapton Hall retail park.