Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Martlesham Heath: Marks and Spencer set to open major new food store

09:00 17 December 2012

Marks and Spencers plan to open a new food store in Beardmore Park

Marks and Spencers plan to open a new food store in Beardmore Park

Adam De Silva

martlesham: Retail giant Marks and Spencer is set to open a new “Simply Food” supermarket during the first half of 2013.

shares

It will create the supermarket out of most of the former Glasswell’s retail warehouse at Beardmore Park at Martlesham Heath.

The 15,000-square foot store will be one of the largest stand-alone food outlets in the country for the retailer – but its arrival at Martlesham is not expected to affect its town centre store in Ipswich.

Marks and Spencer has been increasing the emphasis on its food offer since former Morrison’s boss Mark Bolland became chief executive two years ago.

The store does not need planning permission for change of use, because there is already existing permission for retail use on the site. However it does need to get permission from Suffolk Coastal planners for new signs.

While it will take up about three quarters of the former Glasswell’s site, its owners are hoping to find another tenant for the remaining 5,000 square foot store.

A spokeswoman for Marks and Spencer said: “We can confirm that we intend to open a new store at Martlesham Heath and further details will be published soon.”

The application for the signs confirms it is for a “Simply Food” store which will be seen as a strong competitor for the new Waitrose superstore that opened on the eastern edge of Ipswich in November.

n Will the new Simply Food store be good for the area? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail star letters@archant.co.uk

shares

2 comments

  • this sounds very good saves going into ipswish and trying to park and getting ripped off with parking charges

    Report this comment

    john taylor

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Parking will be a nightmare!

    Report this comment

    David White

    Monday, December 17, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The A12 at Martlesham.

Two vehicles have crashed between the Tesco and BT roundabouts in Martlesham, closing the A12.

Mike Ambrose

The family of Kesgrave chef Michael Ambrose who died in a crash have urged anyone who has recently bought a motorbike or is thinking of buying one to get it assessed.

Sudbury resident George Buffham outside the Nestle Purina factory

Around £2million has been spent on measures to tackle foul odours emanating from a Sudbury pet food factory, it has emerged.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where the woman is due to give birth in the next few days. Photograph Simon Parker

Doctors have been given permission by a specialist judge to perform a caesarean section on a pregnant 21-year-old Suffolk woman who is detained under mental health.

Cabinet member for children Gordon Jones welcomed the new Ofsted report.

Suffolk County Council’s services for children has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors – but there are still elements of its work that require improvements.

Birch Farm Children's nursery celebrates its 25 th Anniversary 
Mini Shakespeare, Rebecca freeman, Jay Gibbs and Steph green

More than 1,000 children have passed through its classrooms in the last 25 years and now a nursery in Suffolk wants their memories of its history.

Sleepless in Seattle

Instead of splashing out on an expensive meal this Valentine’s, why not have a romantic night in watching a themed film?

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24