The Crown Estate welcomes M&S Simply Food to South Aylesford Retail Park

We have confirmed Marks & Spencer Simply Food as a new tenant at our South Aylesford Retail Park in Maidstone, Kent.


08 December 2014

Marks and Spencer Simply Food will…help further improve the retail offer at one of Kent’s most popular shopping destinations.”

Hannah Milne, Regional Portfolio Manager

Marks & Spencer has signed a 20 year lease to occupy 15,500 sq. ft. of space within the retail park, joining leading brands including Homebase, Currys, Smyths Toys and Pets at Home. The new store is expected to open in March 2015.

The news follows Marks & Spencer’s recent announcement that it plans to accelerate the expansion of its Simply Food brand by opening up to 200 new Simply Food branches in the next three years, 50 more than previously planned.

Hannah Milne, Regional Portfolio Manager said:“Marks & Spencer Simply Food will be an excellent addition to South Aylesford and will help further improve the retail offer at one of Kent’s most popular shopping destinations.

“We are committed to continuing to invest in the retail park, whether that’s by focussing on attracting new retailers and leisure occupiers, or by ensuring the park plays a part in the local community through family fun days such as our recent Big Green Leaf event.”

Marc O’Connor, Marks & Spencer Head of Region South East, added: “We have been on the lookout for a site in Maidstone to bring our popular Simply Food offering, and South Aylesford Retail Park offers an ideal location.  We look forward to embedding ourselves as part of the community and bringing more jobs and investment to Maidstone”.

We acquired South Aylesford Retail Park in August 2011 for £70.6 million.

We are the UK’s fourth largest direct owner of prime regional retail and leisure parks, with a portfolio which includes 16 parks across the UK. We also own two regional leisure schemes, and interests in three shopping centres, in Oxford, Exeter and Worcester.