Marks & Spencer planning big investment

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MARKS and Spencer in Chichester is planning to pump millions of pounds of investment into expanding and improving its stores.

The chain, which has two stores in the city, wants to take over the neighbouring premises to its shop in North Street, which is empty and formerly occupied by Topshop.

The second store in East Street will also see internal refurbishments and an increase in the size of its restaurant.

The news has been greeted with a positive reaction from city centre manager Kim Long, who feels it is an investment to be proud of.

‘It’s brilliant,’ she said. ‘What they are doing is really positive news.

‘They have had their eye on the store next door from the moment Topshop started going.

‘It’s absolutely positive for the community. We should be proud they are investing in their stores.’

An M&S spokesman said: ‘We can confirm the M&S on North Street will be taking over an adjacent unit, currently occupied by Topshop, as part of its remodel plans. We look forward to unveiling more details on the newly-refreshed M&S store in due course.’