A M&S Foodhall store that will bring a greater choice of food shopping to Eastleigh town centre has opened for business and it’s also the latest asset in the Borough Council’s property portfolio.
Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Mo Sollitt, opened the M&S Foodhall in Eastleigh - a recent addition to the Council’s commercial property portfolio that generates an income of around £5.5 million for local services.
The new store has created 58 jobs and is managed by Dylan Chandler, an Eastleigh resident for the past 17 years who lives a stone’s throw from the attractive new building, situated on Coles Close off Twyford Road.
Dylan said: “I’m really thrilled to be the store manager in my home town and it has been fantastic welcoming local people. I’ve been speaking with the local community over the past few months and it’s great to hear how excited people are about M&S coming to Eastleigh. M&S has a great food offering and continues to be innovative in the range it provides. We’ve created 54 roles at the store and 85 per cent of my team have been recruited locally.”
Council Leader Keith House, said: “The decision by Marks & Spencer to locate their new Foodhall to Eastleigh is a huge vote of confidence in the town centre as a retail destination and is the latest example of Council investment attracting new business and generating economic dividends for the Borough. I’m sure local residents, visitors and those who work in the town will enjoy shopping in this excellent new store.”
The M&S Foodhall boasts a unique set of green credentials, most notably a living wall, made up of hundreds of different types of herbs and perennial flowers. As well as helping insulate the building it offers a source of nectar for local butterflies and bees and seeds for birds.