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Marks and Spencer Foodhall set to open in Crystal Palace

Marks and Spencer Foodhall set to open in Crystal Palace
Nov 02, 2018 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 01/11/2018.

Marks and Spencer Foodhall set to open in Crystal Palace

The new store is expected to create 40 new jobs.

A Marks and Spencer Foodhall could be built in Crystal Palace if a planning application gets the green light.

Back in 2015 St Aidans Holdings Limited was granted permission to build an apart-hotel, 33 flats and retail units on land behind Victory Place and Carberry Road.

The site, on the Westow Street side of the Crystal Palace Triangle, is also set to include a market square.

The developer now wants to increase the size of a retail unit at the bottom of the development to house a new M&S store.

An amendment to the planning application was submitted to Croydon Council at the end of September.

A letter on the application from Lee Nicholl, senior acquisitions surveyor at Marks and Spencer, said: “I can confirm that M&S are interested in considering your proposals for Crystal Palace Market Square.

“As we discussed, the ideal size of the store would be approximately 7,400 ft on one floor.”

This would be an increase in retail floor space of 456 sq ft.

The letter from Mr Nicholl goes on to say that M&S would require a dedicated entrance from Westow Street as well as fronting on the new market square.

The letter adds that if the shop opens in Crystal Palace it would employ 40 full time members of staff and provide apprenticeship opportunities.

The plans have attracted 75 public comments, 55 supporting the proposals.

So far some demolition has taken place on site but no building work yet.

Jonathan Bainbridge, from property consultant Bidwells, acting on behalf of M&S, said the delay to the scheme is down to problems finding a retailer to come on board.

He said: “Now with the uncertain times in terms of the economic climate, getting an anchor client in there ensures that there are no further delays.

“It is unusual to get such so much local support, we are excited with the opportunity and want to get cracking with it now.”

It will now be up to Croydon Council to make a decision on the application.

If it is approved Mr Bainbridge said work is expected to start on the development early next year.

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