Breaking news: Fifty jobs to be created as Marks & Spencer is granted planning permission to open store in Grantham

M&S will return to Grantham, as Simply Food.
M&S will return to Grantham, as Simply Food.
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A major M&S ‘Simply Food’ store has been given planning permission to open in Grantham.

It paves the way for the retailer to return to the town after an absence of four years, this time with a 1,394 sq m food store in the former Curry’s premises in London Road.

Plans approved this week by South Kesteven District Council include around 50 new full- and part-time jobs, with a cafe and space for non-food goods in the store.

The retailer left the town in 2010 having occupied an 800 sq metre clothing and food unit in the High Street.

Ample parking, a good retailing position and its new focus on food were cited as reasons for M&S to return to Grantham.

More details of M&S timings and retail offer will be available within coming weeks, confirmed leader of the council Councillor Linda Neal.

She said: “It’s good to see this moving ahead so swiftly.

“We are delighted to see a retailer of M&S’ stature back in Grantham and clearly appreciative of Grantham’s growth plans and its retail potential. Let’s hope it’s a catalyst for more high calibre businesses to follow.”