Second largest M and S will open late next summer


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CONSTRUCTION workers at the site of the new Marks and Spencer flagship store at Cheshire Oaks are on schedule, bosses have confirmed.

The multi-million pound project to build the UK’s second largest Marks and Spencer store along Longlooms Road and Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, was launched at the start of April and site chiefs have told the Leader it will be completed in late summer 2012.

A topping out ceremony involving local dignitaries and M&S bosses will take place next week to celebrate the last beam being placed on the wave-like roof structure.

The 150,000 sq ft flagship store - the largest built by the super chain in more than 10 years - will offer an extensive range of Marks and Spencers products, with a choice of womenswear, menswear and childrenswear as well as home furnishings and technology products.

A wide selection of M&S food and wine will also be available in the food hall, alongside a M&S café, restaurant and deli.

M&S spokesman Philip Sorensen said: “The project is on schedule.”

The store will also feature a 950-space car park.

Developers say the store will create about 350 new jobs for the local area.

Meanwhile, highways chiefs have confirmed traffic lights on the roundabout at junction 10 of the M53 motorway have been installed as part of the M&S superstore plans.

Tony O”Flaherty of Premier Traffic said a date had not yet been set for when the lights would be turned on.

Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesman Laura Johnson said the traffic control measures had formed part of the planning application put foward by the firm.

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