M&S Simply Food store set to come to Louth

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A Marks & Spencer food store is set to come to Queen Street, Louth, according to the developers who secured planning permission on the site.

The proposed site is currently home to Kidgate Surgery, which would be rebuilt further back on the site as a brand new building with expanded services if the development goes ahead, according to Peter Rossington, the owner of Park Broom Homes.

Park Broom Homes secured planning permission for the Queen Street site, following an appeal, back in 2010.

Mr Rossington told the Leader that the development plans also include three or four smaller retail units next to the proposed food store and new doctors’ surgery, with one of the units expected to be snapped up by a leading chemist brand.

The other smaller units would be non-food retailers, possibly including a sports equipment store.

A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer told the Leader that the company “does have an interest in opening a store in Louth”, but declined to provide any further details.

ELDC Councillor Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, told the Leader: “Competition is healthy – it’s what ensures all businesses stay at the top of their game.

“I have no problem with Marks and Spencer coming to Louth if they so choose, or any other well know retailer name for that matter.

“Louth has a wealth of great shops, run by local people, and assuming they continue to offer high quality products I’m sure they’ll remain the first choice for many shoppers.”

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