COUNCILLORS in Caerphilly have shared their disappoint after it was confirmed that Marks and Spencers would no longer popular food supermarket will not be coming to the area.

Last year it was said that Marks and Spencer was in negotiations with the developers of Gallagher Retail Park, near Crossways, about opening a food store.

The notion got a lot of feedback from councillors, including James Pritchard and Shayne Cook, who represent the Morgan Jones ward.

However, it has now been confirmed that the store has dropped their application to open up in the retail park, due to “difficult trading conditions.”

A spokesman for Marks and Spencer said: “M&S announced a slowdown in our food store opening programme in November 2017.

“This was in response to difficult trading conditions and the growth of convenience shopping, with more customers choosing to shop online and for home delivery.

“At the time, we said that because of these challenges, only the highest returning sites and developments would qualify for addition to the M&S Food store portfolio in the future.

“Regrettably, a review undertaken at the start of the year has concluded that the proposed store at the Gallagher Retail Park in Caerphilly does not meet all our more demanding criteria for new food store developments and consequently we have informed the landlord that we no longer wish to proceed with the scheme.”

Following the announcement, Cllrs Jamie Pritchard and Shayne Cook have shared their disappointment.

They said: “”Caerphilly has come tantalisingly close to securing one of the most well - established household brands.

“We must however take confidence that a major brand were intent to come to Caerphilly prior to their well documented dip in sales. We will work closely with the Cabinet Member and local residents to keep up the fight for alternative household brands locating to Caerphilly.”