M&S and WHSmith collaborate to bring Food to Go concept to Bedford

M&S at WH Smith artist impression

From next week, an M&S food offering will back in Bedford town centre, barely a month after the controversial branch closure on 4 May.

In a collaboration with WHSmith, the M&S Food to Go offering will be available from the Harpur Centre store from Tuesday 18 June.

The Food to Go area will sell popular M&S lunchtime staples plus snack and picnic products including deli items and sweet treats.

Artwork shared by the two high street retailers suggests there may also be a Click & Collect counter for online M&S customers too.

Local resident, Helen Patterson, mounted a high-profile campaign to save M&S which was supported by the Bedford Independent, the Mayor and Mohammad Yasin MP.

“It’s exciting news, it’s important to keep the M&S brand on the High Street, but it’s caused a bit of confusion,” said Helen.

“People are assuming it’s a sign that M&S are coming back when it’s actually a case of WHSmith being smart and realising there’s an opportunity to provide an offering in their store under the franchise model they already operate for M&S elsewhere.

“I daresay M&S will be paying attention to this and, if there’s a demand, they may consider opening a dedicated food hall. Watch this space…”

Local customers will be able to pick up an opening offer of a 10% off M&S food voucher from WHSmith in the first week.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.