Marks & Spencer has agreed terms for an M&S Foodhall at Market Walk, Chorley, as contractor Eric Wright prepares to start work on the eight-unit expansion of the council-owned shopping centre.
The overall package of £17m was signed off for the extension in 2017, with Eric Wright appointed in January this year, however M&S took its time to complete a deal.
Reel Cinemas will operate a six-screen auditorium at Market Walk, while café bar group Loungers has signed for another of the extension’s units. The M&S Foodhall will include a click and collect service for the embattled retail group’s clothing and home services.
Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “The news that Marks & Spencer has signed its contract is a major boost for the development and for the town centre as a whole.
“We’ve all seen in the media that new store openings are at a premium so for Marks and Spencer to choose Chorley shows they have a lot of confidence in what we are doing.
Rob Morray, Head of Property Planning at M&S, said “As we transform M&S we’re creating a conveniently located network of food stores that offer customers great food and a next-day collect in store service for clothing & home purchases.
“As part of this work we’re looking forward to bringing a new Marks & Spencer to the North West by opening a Foodhall in Chorley. We’ll update the community on what our store will offer and job opportunities as plans progress.”
The shopping centre extension is set to open in time for Christmas trading in 2019.