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Lights on and estate agents board erected at former M&S in Deal High Street

Signs of movement at the former M&S in Deal has sparked speculation that change is afoot.

The lights inside the building have been on for a number of days and an estate agent’s board has been erected on the façade.

An estate agents board has gone up and the lights are on at Deal's former M&S
An estate agents board has gone up and the lights are on at Deal's former M&S

An electrician has also been seen on site and given permission to Deal’s Chamber of Trade (CofT) to erect a Christmas tree on its exterior.

Peter Jull, chairman of the CofT, believes the marketing board suggests M&S's negotiations with an alternative retailer may have fallen.

Although, he acknowledges, the store isn't listed on the agent’s website unlike M&S’s closed stores in other towns.

But M&S told KentOnline in August that negotiations over the future of the building were at “advanced stages” and confirmed today that that was still the case.

A spokesman said: "We hope to provide an update with the community as soon as we can."

M&S in Deal High Street closed on April 27, 2019 and its signs were removed the same day Picture: Alan Langley
M&S in Deal High Street closed on April 27, 2019 and its signs were removed the same day Picture: Alan Langley

M&S in Deal closed on Saturday, April 27 after 82 years of trading.

The closure was part of the retailer's programme to re-shape its UK store estate.

It came as a huge loss to the town whose residents rallied to try and save the store with both online and paper petitions.

McMullen Real Estate is yet to provide a comment.

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