M&S to open a food store out of town?
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A MAJOR retailer could open a food outlet in an empty unit on Weston’s Flowerdown Retail Park.
A spokesman for Marks & Spencer said the store is exploring the possibility of opening a shop, and the Mercury understands it is looking at the former Comet shop, which closed at Christmas.
A spokesman for Marks & Spencer said: “Head office is currently considering a M&S Simply Food store at Flowerdown Retail Park, but it is yet to be confirmed.
“They will be able to confirm or deny these rumours in a few weeks’ time.”
In July, rumours began circulating that the retailer was looking to move into Tesco’s Station Road store - if the supermarket were to move out of town.
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A Marks & Spencer store is currently located in the High Street and Sovereign Shopping Centre manager Nick Cooke said he sees no reason why that would change.
He said: “My understanding is that, a couple of years ago, M&S had some idea of extending into the first floor (of its existing building).
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“That idea was put on hold at the start of the economic downturn and we would be keen for M&S to resurrect those plans.
“The shop here has a lot of space which is not utilised and they could expand into the first floor.
“I find Flowerdown a strange location as it is very congested. As far as I know M&S will stay in the town centre and until we hear any different it is not worth worrying about.”
Fowerdown Retail Park, off Aisecome Way, is currently home to, among others, a Frankie and Benny’s restaurant, Costa coffee shop, B&Q, Aldi and large Sports Direct outlet.