M&S planning £2.5m food store in Coleraine

Marks & Spencer is proposing to expand in Coleraine with a brand new store at Riverside Retail Park in the outskirts of the Co Londonderry town.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 5:00 pm
The site of the proposed new M&S store at Coleraine’s Riverside Retail Park

The plans involve a new 17,100 sq ft foodhall with over 5,000 food and drink products.

An investment of £2.5m will mean 70 jobs for the Coleraine economy. It’s believed the new Riverside store will be sited in two units previously occupied by Maplin and Starplan.

Among the other major retailers in the area are supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Lidl as well as B&Q and B&M.

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M&S currently operates a Simply Food store at the Diamond in the centre of Coleraine. Philip Conlon, Head of Region for M&S in Northern Ireland said: “We are always thinking about how we can deliver great service for our customers.

“We believe that Riverside Retail Park is the ideal location to open a new M&S Foodhall to serve not only the Coleraine area, but the entire North Coast.

“The new Foodhall will provide customers with a bigger and better shopping experience, as well as convenient and accessible car parking.”

A spokesperson for Riverside Retail Park welcomed the development and sa

“This will be a significant investment in Coleraine of £2.5 million - creating 40 jobs during the construction phase and supporting a further 70 full time and part time jobs when the store is opened and operational.

“Given the economic uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and by Brexit we believe this investment represents a real vote of confidence in Coleraine.”

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