Excitement grows for Braintree's new M&S food store

The store is likely to like this model.

The store is likely to like this model.

First published in News

Marks and Spencer has announced it will be opening its new Braintree store on July 16.

The new Simply Food store, at Braintree Retail Park, has created 60 new jobs.

The 9,000 square foot store will stock more than 4,500 food and drink lines, including those from the new Summer of Flavour range.

It will also feature a bakery, a 50-seat café and offer the Shop Your Way service, giving customers the choice of ordering from the M&S catalogue in-store or marksandspencer.com, with free next day in-store delivery and collection.

Store manager Rodney Rajack said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the very best of M&S food to Braintree.

M&S Simply Food Braintree will be open between 8am and 9pm Monday - Saturday and 11am - 5pm on Sundays.

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11:47am Mon 9 Jun 14

peterh42 says...

Surely the cafe and bakery will be taking business away from the town?
Looks like Marks and Spencer have the same brown envelopes that Tescos do.
Surely the cafe and bakery will be taking business away from the town? Looks like Marks and Spencer have the same brown envelopes that Tescos do. peterh42
  • Score: -5

11:58am Mon 9 Jun 14

robertwebb745 says...

There already Costa, Starbucks, Deans Diner and other restaurants. I doubt another place will take much away from Braintree town centre.
There already Costa, Starbucks, Deans Diner and other restaurants. I doubt another place will take much away from Braintree town centre. robertwebb745
  • Score: 9

6:59pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Kevman28 says...

Attracting people to the high street is simple, and does not involve better shops.
Get rid of the vermin that hang around it, and it will immediately feel more welcoming.
Attracting people to the high street is simple, and does not involve better shops. Get rid of the vermin that hang around it, and it will immediately feel more welcoming. Kevman28
  • Score: 2

12:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

keith_l says...

"Excitement"?

Why would anybody be excited over a shop opening, other than the people who are going to work there?
"Excitement"? Why would anybody be excited over a shop opening, other than the people who are going to work there? keith_l
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

And we've still got over five weeks to go yet.

If the 'excitement' keeps on growing like this it could reach fever pitch by 16th July.

I trust Essex Police have contingency plans to deploy horses and riot control personnel for the opening occasion.

What a lot of old cobblers!
And we've still got over five weeks to go yet. If the 'excitement' keeps on growing like this it could reach fever pitch by 16th July. I trust Essex Police have contingency plans to deploy horses and riot control personnel for the opening occasion. What a lot of old cobblers! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 4

9:33am Wed 11 Jun 14

Adam001 says...

Here's a thought.... people may be pleased about the M&S food on offer as quite a large majority of the population enjoy it. Plus, you won't have to drive to Chelmsford or Maldon from now on. Unlike Tesco, Morrisons etc who are losing market share annually, the semi sarcastic commentators may be interested to know that annual M&S food revenue is over 5billion and has grown year on year for several years. Maybe they are onto something and people are "excited" after all?

Finally, suggestions about taking business away from Braintree town don't make any sense. Who precisely would be the competitor in Braintree that would lose out? You may recall that M&S tried and failed with a venture in the town years back.
Here's a thought.... people may be pleased about the M&S food on offer as quite a large majority of the population enjoy it. Plus, you won't have to drive to Chelmsford or Maldon from now on. Unlike Tesco, Morrisons etc who are losing market share annually, the semi sarcastic commentators may be interested to know that annual M&S food revenue is over 5billion and has grown year on year for several years. Maybe they are onto something and people are "excited" after all? Finally, suggestions about taking business away from Braintree town don't make any sense. Who precisely would be the competitor in Braintree that would lose out? You may recall that M&S tried and failed with a venture in the town years back. Adam001
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Wed 11 Jun 14

keith_l says...

Yes, those who like to shop at M&S Food may be pleased by the opening, but you would have to be pretty obsesed to be excited by it.
Yes, those who like to shop at M&S Food may be pleased by the opening, but you would have to be pretty obsesed to be excited by it. keith_l
  • Score: 2

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