Cumbernauld shopping centre bags M&S food outlet

The developer behind a £25 million retail centre in Cumbernauld has revealed that M&S Simply Food will line up alongside Aldi and Home Bargains as its first tenants.

A mock-up of the Westfield retail park in Cumbernauld. Picture: Contributed

L&S Broadwood, a subsidiary of Glasgow-based London & Scottish Investments, said the move came ahead of a meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee to consider approval for the Westfield project, which is set to create 50 construction and 200 long-term jobs.

Bryan Wilson, development director at L&S Broadwood, said: “We are delighted that M&S Simply Food is coming to join Aldi and Home Bargains, as it clearly demonstrates that Westfield is a food-oriented development, which is what the planners wanted.

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“Around 30 per cent of Home Bargains’ range is groceries, and when combined with the other two high street giants, it means almost 50 per cent of our floor space is let to food retailers.”

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He added: “The finance is in place, we have three iconic retailers on board already, and we are in negotiations with potential tenants for the four remaining retail units, the pub and the drive-through coffee shop.

“If we get the green light from the planners we will be on site and starting construction in the autumn.”