Marks & Spencer has announced it is opening a new store in neighbouring Cumbernauld – one year on from the closure of the Falkirk High Street branch. The local store pulled down the shutters for the last time on August 11 last year after over 80 years trading on the site. It had originally announced consultation on closure on May 22 as part of an overhaul of its estate but just five weeks later revealed it was closing for good.Around 90 staff were affected.The company still has an M&S Simply Food store at the Central Retail Park.And it is an M&S foodhall which is opening at St Maurice Gate in Cumbernauld on September 3. It will employ around 50 staff.The firm has already opened a food store in Oban this year and another is planned for Comely Bank in Edinburgh.However, in 2018 it announced it would close 100 stores by 2022 as part of a radical restructuring.In Scotland Falkirk, East Kilbride and Kirkcaldy clothing and household stores all closed, while the Greenock … [Read more...] about New M&S store opening near Falkirk
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PUBLISHED: 09:55 25 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:55 25 May 2019 Simon Parkin Parish council have objected to a planned 12m tall McDonalds sign being build at the site of a new drive thru restaurant on the A140. Picture: Simon Parkin Archant McDonald's wants to build a 12-metre tall illuminated sign at its planned new drive-thru on the A140 but locals are not loving it. A McDonalds sign at the drive-thru at the A11 Thickthorn services similar to be one being proposed on the A140 near Scole. Picture: Simon ParkinThree local parish councils have objected to the planned totem-style sign featuring the company's famous golden arches logo that would tower over the planned restaurant next to the the A140 and A143 roundabout at Scole, near Diss.The proposal the build the restaurant as part of a new service station was approved by Mid-Suffolk District Council last June. But while the BP filling station, including an M&S Simply Food outlet, opened to its first … [Read more...] about Golden arches sign row at delayed A140 McDonald’s
PUBLISHED: 09:20 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:20 22 May 2019 Caroline Culot Marks & Spencer in Norwich. Pic: Archant. The retail giant is to close another 85 stores and 25 Simply Food outlets after a 10% drop in profits - but aren't revealing yet where the axe will fall. The high street retailer posted underlying pre-tax profits of £523.2 million for the year to March 30, down from £580.9 million the previous year after falling sales in its food halls and clothes sections.This marks a further blow after the closure of 35 branches already outlined for 2018-19 - which include stores in East Anglia such as Yarmouth and Felixstowe. It hasn't been revealed where the new closures will be and just comes after a new Simply Food outlet opened at a new BP filling station on the A140 at Scole, near Diss.MORE: New A140 services open but missing McDonald'sM&S boss Steve Rowe said there were "green shoots" of a turnaround, but added that performance was … [Read more...] about Is East Anglia to lose more M&S stores and Simply Foods??
PUBLISHED: 01:00 22 May 2019 Simon Parkin The new BP service station at the A140/A143 junction at Scole has opened to customers after six months of construction. Picture: Simon Parkin Archant A new service station on the A140 has opened to motorists for the first time but with no sign of the planned drive-through McDonald's. The new BP service station at the A140/A143 junction at Scole includes an M&S Simply Food and Wild Bean Cafe, but not as yet the planned McDonald's. Picture: Simon ParkinThe new BP filling station, including an M&S Simply Food outlet, at the roundabout junction of the A140 and A143 at Scole, near Diss, had been under construction since November. The first customers began to fill up their vehicles when the service station, which has created 20 new jobs, opened for business on May 22.However work is yet to start on the proposed drive-through McDonald's with that part of the site still lying empty and no start date for … [Read more...] about New A140 services open but missing McDonald’s
I’m partial to a McDonald’s on the road. That insatiable hunger when I’ve been driving for hours can only be satiated by some salty chips, a sloppy Big Mac and a syrupy Coke. It’s as if the calories don’t count, such is the anonymity of a service station. As soon as I see those golden arches on the side of the road you can bet that I’m indicating left at the first countdown marker. There is to be a new set of arches gracing the British motorway – but instead of luminous yellow, they’re neon red and more square in design. Say hello to Mollie’s Motel and Diner, the first in what will be a series of roadside and city-centre inns across the country. So far, so pedestrian. But the clincher? It’s run by Soho House & Co, the cosmopolitan group that counts private members’ clubs and hotels from Shoreditch to Chicago, Mumbai to Malibu among its portfolio. They’re all beloved by the A to Z list of celebritydom: … [Read more...] about An American motel in Oxfordshire – the roadside inn gets a cool makeover courtesy of the Soho House group