M&S are set to launch a new store at a popular Essex shopping centre.

Lakeside shopping centre are to see M&S move from its current location to a new unit in the centre.

The new M&S store will be the unit where Debenhams previously was, and will look to open in 2023.

Nick Pucci, regional manager at M&S, said: “We are really excited to be relocating to a new store at Lakeside.

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“Whether you are looking for style inspiration in our Clothing and Home departments or great value, trusted quality M&S produce and family meal options in our new Foodhall, you will be able to choose from the very best of M&S in our refreshed new store."

The relocation will increase the visibility of M&S in the centre, as well as from the surrounding road network.

It will also see the creation of a new, enlarged portal entrance from an upgraded car park, granting direct and improved access to the M&S Foodhall, as part of a £20 million investment by lakeside.

M&S say the move comes as they continue its store estate transformation by making sure they have the right stores in the right locations for customers.

Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual, added: “We are incredibly excited that M&S has decided to further invest in its offer at Lakeside.

“The retailer is a long-standing tenant and partner, and a brand much loved by our visitors – with a loyal following.

“The new store will significantly increase M&S’ prominence within the centre, as well as accessibility – together acting as key footfall drivers. 

“In a fast-changing retail landscape, brands are investing to optimise and drive maximum value from their physical offer. M&S’ move reflects this and is indicative of wider demand for prime space like ours here at Lakeside.

“M&S’ former unit will present another compelling opportunity, surrounded by a host of great brands and in close proximity to the centre’s leisure offer.”