Changing times at Bedford

Published on 25 September 2018

The times they ARE a’changing in Bedford town centre – not least with Marks and Spencer now staying open until 7pm Monday to Friday, for a trial period until Christmas.

New Store Manager Andy Lightfoot says the announcement signals the commitment the national brand has towards Bedford town centre, and to its changing customers and shopping habits.

Commuters hurrying home after a hard day in the City can stop off at the store for food, or to pick up and collect purchases. The same applies to the 1,000s of new people who live in town centre flats, which have been converted from offices, and who want the convenience of being able to visit the store after work.

The news has been welcomed by the Love Bedford team who represent businesses in the town centre.

“A criticism levelled at Bedford has been that it shuts up shop at 5.30pm. There is a demand from town centre residents and those passing through from the train station, for access to at least some services,” said Christina Rowe Director,

“We very much welcome this news from M&S and hope that people will respond by supporting them.”

Other outlets which are open later in the town centre include Tesco Midland Road and High Street until 10pm Mon – Sat. For full details and links to all town centre businesses visit the Love Bedford directory which contains 100s of listings.

M&S in Bedford

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