‘Refusal to allow M&S to modernise Marble Arch will further diminish West End’s appeal’


Retail businesses, shops and the locations where they trade cannot be preserved in aspic. But that is what opponents of Marks & Spencer’s plans to redevelop its flagship Marble Arch store seem to want.

Marks & Spencer’s proposal to knock down its most famous branch – known affectionately as the Arch – has been called in for review by levelling up secretary Michael Gove

That has prompted fury at M&S. Group property, store development and technology director Sacha Berendji professed himself “bewildered and disappointed” and accused Gove of “political grandstanding”.

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