The prospect of a new Marks & Spencer Foodhall opening at Riverside Retail Park in Coleraine has moved a step closer following the submission of a planning application to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
The application submitted by M&S proposes the creation a new 17,100 sq. ft store offering shoppers at the retail park greater choice and an improved shopping experience.
The submission of the planning application came after a period of public consultation during May and June on the plans.
There were almost 250 responses to the consultation with the public overwhelmingly expressing their support for a new store at Riverside.
Welcoming the progress of the application, Nicola Finlay, M&S Regional Manager for Northern Ireland said:
“We were delighted with the feedback received in relation to the development of a new M&S Foodhall at Riverside. This proposal offers our customers a significantly enhanced shopping experience with a choice of over 5,000 food and drink products.
“Our new store would create 40 jobs during the construction phase and support a further 70 full-time and part-time jobs when the store is open and operational.
“The public consultation has shown that there is a huge appetite for an expanded M&S offering in the area and we believe that Riverside offers the ideal location for both the company and for shoppers on the North Coast.”
The planning application will now be assessed by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.