Artist's impression of the proposed Marks & Spencer superstore
Artist’s impression of the proposed M&S superstore

St. Modwen, developers of the new town centre at Longbridge, have today confirmed that Marks & Spencer have signed a 45 year lease on a 150,000 sq ft superstore, set to open in 2015.

The store, over 2 floors, will be one of the largest in the UK for the retailer and will create up to 350 jobs.

It will also be the anchor of the second phase of the Longbridge Town Centre for which St. Modwen will shortly submit a revised planning application, which – along with the new letting – will include proposals for 45,000 sq ft of additional retail units, plus a surface and multi-storey car park.   

Commenting on this latest milestone at the ongoing regeneration of Longbridge, Bill Oliver, Chief Executive of St. Modwen, said: “To date, St. Modwen has created over 3,500 jobs on site at Longbridge. The addition of Marks & Spencer to the scheme, which will underpin the delivery of phase two of the new Town Centre, illustrates further how our transformational regeneration projects can encourage investment and serve as true catalysts for change, as well as creating substantial value for our shareholders.”

Julie Ridley, regional manager at M&S, commented:  “This is an exciting prospect for M&S and the shoppers of Longbridge. We’re looking forward to bringing all that M&S has to offer to the local area and believe the new store will cater for the shoppers of south Birmingham and attract new customers from the M5 and M42 corridor.”

Since 2007, St Modwen has managed the development of 150,000 sq ft of office and industrial space, the construction of Bournville College and The Factory youth centre and completed the first phase of the town centre including Sainsbury’s, Premier Inn and Beefeater, Hungry Horse and independent retailers such as Autism Birmingham and Queens Fish Bar. The new public space of Austin Park has also been completed and, in a a joint venture with Persimmon, St Modwen is developing over 450 new homes.

Work on the town centre second phase will begin in mid-2014, subject to planning approval. It is hoped the new Marks & Spencer superstore will open by Christmas 2015.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I think M&S will be fab, need to bring some decent shops around here instead of charity an pound shops, you only have to look at the state of Northfield as reference! Would be great to have Next and some other big name stores there as well, really bring the area into the 21st century.

  2. this will ratchet up traffic volumes can the areas roads cope?? its already very busy round there!! Good for M and S and St modwen but good for the neighbourhood???
    Gridlock beckons??? i hope not.

  3. Well they will have to sort out the Longbridge Lane fiaso out first,plus road markings,between the college & Sainsbury`s if its in that are

  4. good news for shoppers ,but lets not forget the promises made to us all when the rover shut down it was said that the main focus would be to bring engineering jobs back to the site I ask the question where are they..the other issue is lets hope the entrance to phase 2 will be via lickey road as the madness of the narrowing of longbridge lane will just cause more tailbacks and road misery….

  5. Just like to know weather marks and Spencer’s would sponsor a local primary school has they have been let down recently it’s a fantastic school and the teachers and parents work really hard but has usuall lack of funding is always a problem has your opening a new store in longbridge and investing in the area maybe you can invest a little into this local primary school (st columba’s ).

    Kind regards
    Neal Hickey

  6. I have worked for M&S for 2 yrs back in early 2000,and when i left to move on to management,i really missed working for the company and think it will make a great addition to Longbridge and il love to work for them again at this new site!

  7. Dear Sir/Madam

    I anm enquiring about vacancies at your ne Longbridge store. I am aware that it is still in the process of being built but, could you giv eme some sort of indication of when you may be advertising for jobs there please.

    Many thanks

    Julia Hurcomb

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