The new Marks & Sparks food store is set to open on Wednesday 24th October. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am followed by a Champagne reception for the first shoppers. There will be a quiz at lunch time too with £1000 worth of M&S Gift Cards in the prize fund.
Marks & Spencer are planning to open a new food shop in Basildon, at the Mayflower Retail Park which is 2 1/2 miles north of Basildon town centre between the A127 and Cranes Farm Road (postcode SS14 3HZ).
There will also be an in-store bakery with a selection of breads, pastries and cakes all baked fresh each morning.
New M&S Cafe
There will be a new 50-seat M&S Café at the store too so you can rest your legs and have a bite to eat or a coffee before heading home.
The retail park is already home to Homebase, Harveys, Sports Direct, Currys, Next, Mothercare, Choice, Boots, KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut. The M&S food store will be the only grocery store on the site.
Marks & Spencer will be filling the old MFI retail unit that is currently empty. This is great news for the Mayflower Retail Park and local residents, however, some people are concerned that this will draw more people away from the town centre.
The new shop will also provide some much needed new employment opportunities in the area. Full details of the new shop are still undecided.