Marks & Spencer coming to new BracknellBy Hugh Fort
October 18, 2012
It has been announced Marks & Spencer will be coming to the new Bracknell and is due to open in approximately three years.
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership has confirmed the retail giant has signed a pre-let on an 80,000 sq ft store in the new town centre.
Helen Barnett, marketing manager at BRP says: “We are delighted to welcome Marks & Spencer back to the town centre. Its reputation for quality products and service excellence is exactly what we are endeavouring to cultivate within our new town centre.
“Over the coming months, we hope to be in a position to announce the construction schedule and to share the latest visuals for the town centre so that this announcement can be put into perspective.”
The new store will bring new jobs to the area and will boast a full range of fashion, homeware and food.
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: " It is incredibly good news.
"This is massive redevelopment news and the next massive stope in redevelopment.
"We are hoping work will begin soon."
Marks & Spencer confirmed the new store will be situated adjacent to Millennium Way in the northern part of the town centre and will have a 'stylish' M&S cafe with Fairtrade tea or coffee served by specially trained baristas.
The food hall will offer more than 4,000 products including a wide selection of fresh produce, ready meals, and food on-the-go, as well as a comprehensive selection of wine and Champagne. There will also be a bakery with produce baked freshly every day.
Clem Constantine, property director for Marks & Spencer, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this development in order to give our customers in Bracknell a full range of fashion, homeware and quality food. The BRP’s vision for the Town Centre is exciting and we are delighted to have been selected as the anchor tenant.”
Cllr Brunel-Walker added: "This will not just be a food store but a full on department store.
"This sends a big message out to retailers.
"I remember how gutted people were when the Simply Food store closed and I am really excited they are coming back to Bracknell."