Campaigning Wembley resident Afifa Parvez has welcomed official confirmation that Marks and Spencer is returning to Wembley.Afifa predicted last December that the return of Marks and Spencer to Wembley was closer than ever following a previous round of store announcements by London Designer Outlet developers Quintain.
There has not been a Marks and Spencer in Wembley since the company closed its store at 492 High Road in summer 2005. In October 2007 Brent Council granted permission for a gym, two shops and 45 flats on the site.
Seven years after the closure the success of the Wembley regeneration project – much of which was planned during the time the Liberal Democrats led the council – means that residents can once again look forward to shopping at Marks and Spencer in Wembley.
Afifa Parvez said:
Over the years I’ve seen the area go through many ups and downs. It was a big blow when Marks and Spencer closed in 2005. I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues have long campaigned to get the best deal for local residents from Quintain and the Wembley regeneration project.
This is now paying off. The return of Marks and Spencer is great news for local people.
Sarah Teather MP has also been involved in the campaign including at one point speaking directly to the then Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer, Sir Stuart Rose.