Public consulted on M&S food store plan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 October 2015

A view of the proposed Exmouth M&S store from Marine Way.

A view of the proposed Exmouth M&S store from Marine Way.

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Hundreds of people turned out to find out more and have their say about plans for a Marks and Spencer food store in Exmouth.

The proposed store, which would be built on the site of the bus depot in Royal Avenue, was the subject of a consultation event at Exmouth Town Hall.

A spokesman for Kilo Properties, which is developing the proposal with M&S, said: “We are pleased so many people took the time to attend the exhibition on Friday.

“Over 100 visitors came through the doors in the first hour and many more throughout the day.

“We are now reviewing the feedback we received on comment forms and by email.

“It isn’t too late for anyone who hasn’t yet given feedback to get in touch.”

People who want to give feedback on the proposals can do so by calling 02073 578000, or by emailing exmouth@planningpotential.co.uk, before tomorrow (Friday, October 23).

A planning application is expected shortly, and if the store wins approval, it could be open by late 2016.

M&S says its foodhall and café will create up to 55 new jobs, with priority given to local people.

In addition, a spokesman said: “The proposed store would regenerate this important gateway site, complementing wider aspirations for the area, such as the station refurbishment and public realm works.

“Together, these investments will help to deliver an attractive transport interchange in Exmouth.

“The foodhall will sell about 5,000 lines, predominantly M&S own-brand food and drink items, along with a selection of flowers and a few non-food items, such as cards and gift wrap.

“M&S knows that shoppers from Exmouth and the surrounding area travel to their stores in Exeter and further afield and this proposal will help to reduce the need to travel, make it easier for these shoppers to use M&S more regularly and provide a greater choice for shoppers in this area.

“The store will have 61 parking spaces accessed from Royal Avenue and integrate with the excellent pedestrian links to the town centre.”

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