M&S responds to rumours it’s opening a new Eastbourne store

M&S has addressed rumours it is to open at the Sovereign Harbour retail park
M&S has addressed rumours it is to open at the Sovereign Harbour retail park

Retail giant Marks and Spencer has responded to rumours it could be opening a new store in Eastbourne.

Many were speculating the company could open in the cinema site at Sovereign Harbour, after it emerged the Cineworld will be closing.

Cineworld Eastbourne

Cineworld Eastbourne

Eastbourne cinema will close

However, a spokesperson for M&S told the Herald, “At the moment there are no current plans to open an M&S store at the retail development in Sovereign Harbour.”

It was announced today (November 19) Cineworld is expected to close next year when the company moves to a new cinema at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne town centre.

The owners, Prudential Assurance, are applying to Eastbourne council for permission to use the site for a retail outlet.

A number of retailers have been suggested to replace it.

Retailers who could take over Eastbourne cinema site

M&S – which sells clothing, homeware, furniture, beauty, food, wine, flowers and gifts – currently has a store in the Eastbourne Arndale Centre.