Thursday, 8 February 2018

Marks & Spencer’s plans for Maidstone go public

Proposals to create a new Marks & Spencer store at Eclipse Park, near junction 7 of the M20, are to go on show to the public later this month.

The plans by Marks & Spencer and Maidstone-based Gallagher Properties would, if approved by Maidstone Borough Council, create 300 full and part-time positions when the store opens.

The store will have a striking design, incorporating high quality materials, and provide approximately 5,760 m sq (62,000 sq ft) of sales area. Final decisions on the split have yet to be decided, however current thinking is that the store would offer:

  • Food hall – 1,050 m sq (11,300 sq ft)
  • General merchandising (fashion and household) – 4,413 m sq (47,500 sq ft)
  • Hospitality (cafĂ©) – 297 m sq (3,200 sq ft)

Marks & Spencer (M&S) requires a new store that is the same footprint as the permitted foodstore, with a 300-space car park, including accessible and parent and child spaces.

These proposals follow a decision by Waitrose not to proceed with its plans following the granting of planning permission by Maidstone Borough Council in May 2017.

A public exhibition is to be held at the Hilton Hotel on Bearsted Road, Eclipse Park on Thursday, 22nd February, between 2pm and 8pm.

• Maxim has been working with the team at Gallagher Properties and advising on community engagement, media relations and delivering the project’s website:

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