M&S eyes the Olympics

Marks & Spencer is planning a vast new store near the Olympic site in east London. The retailer has signed a contract with retail property developer Westfield for an 18 500m2 retail unit at its Stratford City site.



Marks & Spencer is planning a vast new store near the Olympic site in east London. The retailer has signed a contract with retail property developer Westfield for an 18 500m2 retail unit at its Stratford City site.


The trading space will occupy 13 000m2 of the shop’s footprint, making it 2800m2 smaller than the M&S’s Marble Arch flagship store.


The retailer indicates that M&S could be working with design consultancies on the interiors, but a spokeswoman says, ‘It is too early to say who that will be.’


Contrary to reports in the national press today, there is no confirmed date of 2010 for the opening of the store, although M&S believes it is likely to open in 2011 or 2012.


Westfield unveiled its plans for the 73ha mixed-use development last January. Forming the main gateway to the 2012 Olympic Games, when completed Stratford City will consist of 1.2m m2 of new space incorporating 465 000m2 of commercial development.


Westfield has engaged architects Fletcher Priest, Arup Associates and West 8 to design the development.

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