Food store plan divides readers

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 September 2013

Weston High St.

Weston High St.


MERCURY readers are divided over the possibility of Marks & Spencer opening an out-of-town unit, as reported in the Mercury last week.

The retailer could be opening a new food store in the empty Comet unit in Weston’s Flowerdown retail park.

Readers took to Facebook and the Weston Mercury site to make their views heard.

n “Sounds like a smart idea. Move the food part to a bigger building where they can expand that side of M&S, and then have more room in the town centre shop for other non-food items. Hopefully it becomes a reality.” – Weston2010.

n “Be worthy news if a new major retailer was opening something in town.” Simon Barton

n “Stores will continue to move out of town while we are still charging so much to park.

“Look at Taunton, parking free on Sunday. I used to go to the seafront for a stroll and a meal, and park free from 8pm, since NSC have started charging up to 10pm I don’t go.

“If you want to drive business out of town, carry on as you are.” – Les B.

n “Well not really, in town would be better, but there again with NSC’s Jurassic executive slowly killing the town anyway I can see Marks & Spencer’s procurement department’s logic.” - Mike Skippy Walton

n “If, and it’s an if, M&S were to move out of the High Street that would be the end of the town centre as we know it.” – Westonman.

n “Great idea.... and we could all avoid the stupidly expensive car parks.” - Steven Bott.

To join the debate, and hundreds of others, log on to, Tweet @WSMercury or ‘like’ the Mercury’s Facebook page.

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