Marks and Spencer Grantham store plans approved

Site of the new store
Image caption South Kesteven District Council said it hoped M&S' return would encourage other big names to the town

Plans for a Marks and Spencer food store in Grantham have been approved, three years after the retailer left the town due to falling sales.

The new food store will be located at a retail park on London Road and will provide about 50 new jobs.

South Kesteven District Council said the shop would have a cafe and space to sell non-food goods.

The authority said better parking and a focus on food were cited as the main reasons for the company's return.

Councillor Linda Neal said: "We are delighted to see a retailer of M&S' stature back in Grantham and clearly appreciative of Grantham's growth plans and its retail potential.

"Let's hope it's a catalyst for more high-calibre businesses to follow."

In 2010, when the company announced its closure plans in Lincolnshire, more than 20,000 people signed a petition to keep stores in Grantham, Skegness and Scunthorpe open.

However, Marks and Spencer said years of falling sales meant the stores were "no longer commercially viable" and they closed in 2011.

An opening date for the new store is yet to be confirmed.

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