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Marks & Spencer to open town centre food store

April 10, 2014

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Marks & Spencer is planning to open a 16,000 sq ft Simply Food store in Eastleigh Town Centre, Hampshire.

The plans, which are subject to planning permission and agreements with the site’s developer, are part of M&S’s plans for a significant expansion of its Simply Food network in the UK with the opening of around 150 stores over the next three years.

The scheme will be positioned in the town centre adjacent to the existing Lidl and within walking distance to the main train station and artists impression (above ) also shows a coffee shop.

Cllr Keith House, Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, said in a statement:

“The decision by Marks and Spencer to have their new Simply Food store in the town centre is great news for the town. It’s the latest addition to the town centre after the cinema and restaurant development at the Swan Centre, Travelodge, the expansion of The Point and the arrival of the Council itself.”

“M&S 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”.

A planning application is due to be submitted next month with a start on site later this year.


14 Responses to Marks & Spencer to open town centre food store

  1. Steve Smallwood on April 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    If we don’t like it can we take it back and change it?

  2. Ray Turner on April 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Interesting that this is being announced now, when the planning application hasn’t even been submitted yet…

    Whatever you think of the proposal for this new M&S store, the timing of this announcement is electorally convenient for the Lib Dems, with the Borough elections now only six weeks away.

    Look out for election leaflets claiming that the Lib Dems have attracted major new investment to the Town Centre…

    … despite the fact that the planning application has not been submitted yet.

  3. Eastleigh Xpress on April 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Good news is indeed convenient for the ruling Lib Dem party but it is a coincidence that the council release this info now, they have a track record of putting out releases on projects ahead of planning as per Next and Travelodge.

    The feedback on twitter is nearly 100% positive. I’ve only seen one person bring up the traffic implications.

    Anyone who has tried getting out of the Lidl car park will tell you there will have to be a major overhaul of that particular junction.

    But most people won’t care about this and are prepared to queue for ages for ‘butternut squash wraps’ and fancy grub of that ilk.

    I was interested to note that the council press release did not mention the exact location.

    So all of sudden Eastleigh will be an attractive place for food shopping with three major foodstores in close proximity (assuming you can actually manage to drive into town).

    Personally I like foodstores which sell just food and I think a lot of other shoppers do too.

    This is a better option for drawing in punters then extending Sainsbury’s over the rec IMO.

    Yes its inevitable that the incumbent party will get plaudits when things seem to be going right and they certainly get the brickbats when it goes wrong.

    Things look like they are picking up in the town with more empty shops being filled.

    Is this due to the work of our wonderful councillors or a general pickup in the economy?

    All that funny money being printed by the BOE has to end up somewhere.

    But with an acute shortage of affordable housing – is another foodstore and coffee shop what we really need?

    Is this an example of freedom of consumer choice or social malinvestment?

    You decide.

    • Ray Turner on April 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      What would help ease the traffic chaos at that roundabout, is a new link road into Eastleigh…

      • Eastleigh Xpress on April 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        Yes, quite right, it would indeed and as time goes on the need is becoming more urgent.

    • Keith House on April 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Next and Travelodge happened, as predicted. So will M&S. And the Council is putting record funding into affordable housing. We want a stronger economy, with more shops in the town. and a fairer society, with affordable homes for those who need them.

      • Ray Turner on April 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        How can you say with any certainty that this new M&S ‘will’ happen, when this still has to go through the planning cycle..? Is it predetermined…?

        • Anne Romaine on April 12, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          Sounds like it’s already a done deal, Ray

      • Matthew (Funny Handshake) Myatt on April 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

        It might happen Keith.. I say might as the people of Eastleigh might have something to say about it. Least we forget the LibDem promises and propaganda about the new Sainsburys store, that was of course until local people stood up and said NOT ON OUR PARK pal.!!

        Plans are plans, nothing more and there is a long long way to go until the store ever does open.

        Unless your certiny indicates some sort of secret under the table deal has been struck on planning and licensing permission.?? Hmmmm.!

      • Teriros on April 13, 2014 at 12:28 am

        Then you need to sort out the infrastructure, Mr House! Shoehorning into unsuitable sites helps no one and actually puts shoppers off when they have to sit in a traffic queue for half an hour to go less than a mile!

  4. Matthew Myatt on April 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Well done the FibDems. This is something only you could have achieved for the town. I can not wait for the leaflets to go out with the statment that 400 new jobs will be created by this venture. However, having spoken with M&S, this is just a plan at the moment.. Nothing more.!

    • Eastleigh Xpress on April 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Not quite 400 jobs this time round Matthew – it’s 50.

      I’m sure M&S are not in the habit of spending money on architect’s plans and drawings just to boost Eastleigh Lib Dem electoral chances (though I suppose you never know)

      This is more than just plans.

      I do like the artists impression particularly the sign on the side of the building that reads ‘sign’ and it seems everyone drives a grey mondeo.

      Lots of trees around too – we’ll need those.

      The building design will complement the new civic offices – just as well as I believe the council owns both.

      It’s being built on council owned land so I guess the supermarket joins the council’s growing multi-million pound town centre property portfolio along with hotels, bars and charity shops.

      It’s getting easier to think of the town in terms of property the council doesn’t own.

  5. Teriros on April 13, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Great! I thought until I read where it’s to be! What utter madness! That roundabout is total chaos already at certain times of the day – who on earth thought it was a good idea to add to it? The Travelodge was built and people were told the hotel parking is on this very site. Where will they go now? Complete disgrace with no forward thinking – yet again! That’ll add a good 20 mins to congestion times, surely?

    • Ray Turner on April 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      That design of that roundabout is very dangerous actually. If you approach it from Leigh Road, it is very easy to be fooled into thinking that traffic on your right, passing to the left of the bollards, will be turning left. That can sucker you into ‘deciding to go for it’ when in reality the traffic that is approaching from your right is going straight on…

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