New details of Fosse Park Marks and Spencer expansion plan

Retail giant Marks and Spencer has today revealed new details of its plans for the expansion of its Fosse Park store. The news comes after M&S revealed last week that it was “proposing” to close its Leicester city center store.

M&S’s plan to expand its Fosse Park store was approved earlier this year by Blaby District Council. The plan had been objected to by Leicester City Council, which feared the expansion would damage trade in the city.

The company said today that work was under way at the Enderby store, and was expected to finish this autumn, with one part already completed and due to open tomorrow (Thur). It added that the scheme was its biggest single investment in a store renewal to date.

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An M&S spokesperson said the transformation would include a bigger, market-style food hall, with an improved in-store bakery, dedicated flower shop, wine shop and cheese “barge”, alongside Mai Sushi and hot chicken counters. Changes will also include a new, “spacious” clothing & home department, with dedicated Per Una, Autograph and Jaegar sections.

The new womenswear section is due to launch tomorrow, Thursday, May 9, and will be shortly followed by the launch of a new beauty department in June, the retailer added. The store will also have a “new and improved” M&S café, with indoor and outdoor seating, which will have the company’s viral Magic Coffee on its menu.

Fosse Park Marks and Spencer reveals new details on expansion plans(Image: Marks and Spencer)

The retailer said the investment in the Fosse Park store would see its footprint extended by 11,500 sq ft to just over 100,000 sq ft, which is an increase of just over the size of six, 10-pin bowling lanes lying side by side overall. The store will remain open throughout, with different departments transformed gradually, it added.

Andy Frith, manager of the store at Fosse Park, said: “We want to deliver a brilliant shopping experience for our customers and the very best of M&S. This investment – ​​M&S’ biggest single renewal investment to date – will mean we can create a brand defining store here in Leicestershire. The store team and I are incredibly excited about the transformation and we can’t wait to show customers the new womenswear department this week and all the changes we have planned between now and autumn!”

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