MARKS & Spencer is to bring its new "Simply Food" concept to Fleet's high street later in the spring. The shopping institution has earmarked a store near to the Somerfields supermarket and will be running it with a staff of 40.

M & S plans to roll out 150 of the new style stores by the end of 2005 and it expects to employ 40 full and part-time staff in Fleet. The aim is to provide an easier access for customers to the firm's high quality food range -at present Fleet people have to travel to Aldershot or to The Meadows.

The store at 128 Fleet Road will be open outside normal shop hours and it could stock up to 1300 food product lines.