Marks and Spencer have revealed more details behind their exciting plans for a multi million pound development set for Largs.

They are hoping to open a new foodhall in the site of the existing Pearson Suzuki showroom and repairs business, and Stewarts Associates in 123-125 Main Street.

The plans involve a new 9000 square feet foodhall - offering customers over five thousand food and drink products.

As reported last week, M&S has also revealed the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs to boost the local economy, as part of the development plan.

Their proposed site would replace the existing business run by Pearson Suzuki, who plan to consolidate operations with their Wemyss Bay site to retain all current jobs, while Stewart Associates is set to move to a new premises in Bath Street, and will also retain its workforce.

The new M&S Foodhall marks a big investment in the local area and is designed with customers and local families at its heart.

Subject to planning consent, the store will have a distinctive fresh market feel, the addition of new and exciting in-store features and thousands of M&S’s products.

This includes everything from daily essentials and fresh produce from Scottish M&S Select Farms to dinner and ready-to-go family meals.

The Foodhall’s proposed central location on Main Street means it would be easily accessible to customers via public transport, car, cycling or foot. There are also plans for dedicated car and cycle parking in front of the store.

The blueprint includes dedicated car parking to the front and a separate service yard to the side, both to be accessed off a new in-and-out junction onto Main Street.

David Bates, Regional Manager for M&S said, “We believe that Largs is the ideal location to open a new M&S Foodhall and we’re excited at the prospect of making a new home here.

“We want to provide our local customers with a brilliant and inspiring shopping experience in a convenient and accessible location.”

A spokesperson from Westquarter Developments Ltd added: “The proposed development represents a very exciting development for Largs and is one that can deliver a significant range of retailing, town centre, investment and economic benefits to the town and its local community.”

A planning application is due to be submitted for the M&S Food Store later this month, finally marking the end of a 15-year search for a suitable premises in the town by the national chain, with neighbour notification notices going out last week.