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Martlesham Heath: Marks and Spencer set to open major new food store

09:00 17 December 2012

Marks and Spencers plan to open a new food store in Beardmore Park

Marks and Spencers plan to open a new food store in Beardmore Park

Adam De Silva

martlesham: Retail giant Marks and Spencer is set to open a new “Simply Food” supermarket during the first half of 2013.


It will create the supermarket out of most of the former Glasswell’s retail warehouse at Beardmore Park at Martlesham Heath.

The 15,000-square foot store will be one of the largest stand-alone food outlets in the country for the retailer – but its arrival at Martlesham is not expected to affect its town centre store in Ipswich.

Marks and Spencer has been increasing the emphasis on its food offer since former Morrison’s boss Mark Bolland became chief executive two years ago.

The store does not need planning permission for change of use, because there is already existing permission for retail use on the site. However it does need to get permission from Suffolk Coastal planners for new signs.

While it will take up about three quarters of the former Glasswell’s site, its owners are hoping to find another tenant for the remaining 5,000 square foot store.

A spokeswoman for Marks and Spencer said: “We can confirm that we intend to open a new store at Martlesham Heath and further details will be published soon.”

The application for the signs confirms it is for a “Simply Food” store which will be seen as a strong competitor for the new Waitrose superstore that opened on the eastern edge of Ipswich in November.

n Will the new Simply Food store be good for the area? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail star



  • this sounds very good saves going into ipswish and trying to park and getting ripped off with parking charges

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    john taylor

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Parking will be a nightmare!

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    David White

    Monday, December 17, 2012

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