AROUND 140 jobs are to be created in Sheffield after retail bosses signed a deal to bring a new Marks and Spencer store to Crystal Peaks shopping centre.
The 56,000 sq ft store is due to open mid-2012 and will sell food, clothing, homeware and gifts and include an M&S Café.
Clem Constantine, director of property at M&S said: “We are excited to be opening a brand new M&S store at Crystal Peaks and bringing new jobs to the region. The store will provide the very best M&S has to offer in a convenient location.”
Ian Cody, senior asset manager at Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, which owns the Crystal Peaks shopping centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Marks and Spencer to Crystal Peaks.
“Alongside other recent lettings at the centre this marks the beginning of an exciting new future for Crystal Peaks.
“We will continue to invest in enhancing the shopping experience for visitors and to attract the best retailers to the centre.”
The deal comes as a boost for Crystal Peaks, after Sheffield Council last week approved plans for a new Asda at nearby Beighton Road East, Drakehouse.
The Asda plans were fiercely opposed by the Crystal Peaks owners, who estimated the rival Asda will hit the shopping centre’s trade by more than 20 per cent.
Shoppers and local politicians welcomed news of the M&S deal.
South East Sheffield MP Clive Betts said he had been briefed about the plans by the Crystal Peaks owners.
He said: “They are very pleased about the plans and so am I. Not only does this offer a number of new jobs but it offers increased choice for consumers and fills up some empty space in Crystal Peaks.
“In the current economic climate of doom and gloom this is exactly what Sheffield needs.”
Beighton Coun Chris Rosling-Josephs said: “Anything that brings new jobs to this area must be a welcomed. We are happy that the profile of Crystal Peaks is being raised. This will be a welcome addition to the area.”
It will be Sheffield’s fifth M&S, with shops on Fargate, Meadowhall, Ecclesall Road and Sheffield station.