* UPDATE January 2018: Marks and Spencer applies to Hackney council for a licence to sell wine, beer and spirits between 6am and 11pm
* UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018: Pickles, mentioned below as likely to be affected by the arrival of Marks and Spencer, closes
MARKS AND SPENCER is returning to Dalston. A Marks Foodhall is opening on the ground floor of FiftySevenEast, the flats-and-shops tower rising up next to Dalston Kingsland station.
The opening comes three decades since the closing of the Marks department store a few blocks south in the High Street, opposite Abbot Street.
The arrival of a multinational will, however, be a blow to Ridley Road Market, Harvest E8, Pickles and other quality and independent provisioners. Marks and Spencer declined to comment on that but Jayne Saunders, the company’s London region head, told Loving Dalston: “Plans for our new Foodhall in Dalston are progressing well. We look forward to returning to the area and being part of the local community.”
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