July 27, 2017
M&S recently confirmed that they will be opening a new store in Canvey. The new location will be a part of the new retail park development which is set to be in Roscommon Way, just along the road from Northwick Road where competitor Morrisons is located.
New River Retail, the developers behind this retail park development, revealed their plans for the new retail park and stated that it will feature a garden centre along with a drive-thru Costa Coffee.
Several other popular brands are following close behind, with B&M and Sports Direct both set to occupy the other units available.
According to a New River Retail publication, the construction side of the development is almost complete and they expect the new stores to be opened by the Summer of 2018.
The statement read, "With M&S bring their first location in Canvey, they will be able to bring an aspect of the area which is well overdue: a high-quality grocery shop."
"We at New River Retail are currently amidst discussions with several other popular retailers so that we can bring a new level of commercial presence to the area.", the statement continued.
The new leisure and retail park spans a total of 61,000 square-feet, includes 5 large units, a cafe area, and will have a total of 256 parking spaces. At the moment, there are 550 car parking spaces at Morrisons nearby.
There are currently 2 remaining empty units at the new retail park.
The New River Retail director, Charles Spooner, stated, "We are making fantastic progress with this development and with M&S already jumping on board, we are even more excited to see how the project turns out."
"We are currently in talks with several other leading retailers who have revealed their interest in being a part of this development due to the large units which it has to offer. We view this investment as a growth catalyst for retail chains in Canvey and can't wait to see how things turn out.", he continued.
Prior to New River Retail's purchase, the site remained unused for roughly 20 years, up until the developers received planning permission in November of 2016.