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M&S set to create 50 new jobs with new Longwater store

PUBLISHED: 16:48 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:05 27 August 2014

The opening of the new M&S Simply Food store at the Sweet Briar Retail Park. Store manager Simon Rossiter, front centre, with, Jade Hunter, front left, customer assistant; and Sarah Barker, front right, section co-ordinator; ready to cut the ribbon with all the staff. Picture: Denise Bradley

The opening of the new M&S Simply Food store at the Sweet Briar Retail Park. Store manager Simon Rossiter, front centre, with, Jade Hunter, front left, customer assistant; and Sarah Barker, front right, section co-ordinator; ready to cut the ribbon with all the staff. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Fifty new jobs are set to be created near Norwich as a result of the opening of a new Marks and Spencer store.

Planning permission was granted for the new M&S Simply Food store on Longwater Retail Park in Costessey last week, which is set to open in spring 2015.

The new store follows the launch of the M&S Simply Food store in Sweet Briar Retail Park last month.

Steve Smy, head of region for East Anglia at M&S, said: “We’re excited to be opening a second Simply Food store in Norwich.”

“Our first in Sweet Briar Retail Park has been extremely popular since its launch in July and our new store will make M&S even more accessible to shoppers in Norwich. Together, our two stores will bring the very best of M&S food to the city.”

The 8,500sqft store, which will create 50 jobs, will occupy Unit C of the Longwater Retail Park. The shop will also feature an in-store bakery and 50 seater café.

Michael Lawrence, of Royal London, the company that owns the retail park, said: “We are delighted to have secured M&S as a tenant at Longwater. Their presence will further increase the attractiveness of the retail park to shoppers.”

The announcement comes after M&S announced last month that it was planning to move out of its town centre store in King Street, Great Yarmouth, and open a Simply Food store on the out-of-town Gapton Hall retail park.

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