First £4.2m phase of Union Square M&S extension sealed as TK Maxx relocates

The M&S store on St Nicholas Street set for closure in 2025.

BUILDING papers reveal that Marks and Spencer is poised to spend more than £4 million on the first stage of its Union Square expansion.

The high street giant is working on major plans to extend its premises at the mall as it closes the long-standing city centre flagship yards away at St Nicholas Square.

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Now, Aberdeen City Council officials have endorsed the costly initial phase of the project.

A building warrant estimates the price of extending into the current TK Maxx shop at £4.2m.

Other plans will be lodged in the months ahead, as the project and its associated costs ramp up, with the overall price of the expansion expected to be in the region of £15m.

It is understood that work could begin in the late summer or early autumn.

To make room for the expanded M&S, which will be on a par with offerings in Birmingham and Liverpool, TK Maxx will take over the Home Sense store and now-closed Dreams shop next door, both just across the Union Square car park from the current location. Papers have confirmed that early work on the unit commenced in mid-May.

Meanwhile, the future of the current M&S building on St Nicholas Square is still uncertain. Estate Agents have said that any future use could be up to 18 months away from confirmation.

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