Redevelopment proposals - including M&S Foodhall

We are developing proposals for three new shops at Leamington Shopping Park on the site of the former Focus DIY Store Garden Centre: the empty hoarded-off space between Debenhams and New Look.

The Focus Store closed in June 2011 and we want to redevelop this vacant site to enhance our customers’ shopping experience and provide a boost to the local economy.

The development, proposed on the ground floor, would include:

  • a new M&S Foodhall and in-store café (1,672sqm)
  • two smaller shops for non-food retail (501sqm and 558sqm)
  • a reconfigured service yard and staff car parking area (20 spaces) to the rear of the new shops.

Leamington Shopping Park

M&S Foodhall

A shopper survey carried out last December revealed that more than two thirds of our customers questioned would welcome an M&S Foodhall at Leamington Shopping Park.

The proposed M&S Foodhall would predominantly sell M&S branded food and drink products and include an M&S café on the mezzanine level.

M&S has been seeking a site for an additional food offer in Leamington Spa for more than 10 years to complement its town centre stores, in a similar way to many other town and cities across the region. The proposed M&S Foodhall at Leamington Shopping Park would be in addition to the Leamington and Warwick Town Centre stores, which would not be affected by the proposals.

M&S has a lower market share for convenience goods in this catchment area and the proposed Foodhall at Leamington Shopping Park would enable M&S to extend its offer and provide an opportunity for linked trips with other outlets at the Shopping Park.

Public Consultation

We recently undertook a public consultation on our proposals, which included a leaflet sent to residential and business addresses within 1km of the site (around 3,100 addresses), advertising in the local press and on facebook and a two day public exhibition in a trailer next to the site on Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June.

Full results from the public consultation will be available here when available.

If you have any queries in the meantime then please see the Contact Us section below.

You can also download our leaflet about the proposals used during the consultation by clicking here.

Marks and Spencer

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the proposals then please get in touch.

Next Steps

All comments received during the consultation will be reviewed and key issues responded to through the Consultation Report, which will be submitted to Warwick District Council with the planning application later this month.

Subject to planning permission being granted later this year, we would expect the new stores to open in Spring 2019.