The file submitted by M&S proposes the creation of a new 17,100 m² store offering retail park buyers a greater choice and a better shopping experience.
The filing of the town planning file took place after a period of public consultation in May and June on the plans.
There were almost 250 responses to the public consultation overwhelmingly expressing support for a new store in Riverside.
Welcoming the progress of the bid, Nicola Finlay, M&S Regional Manager for Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted with the feedback received regarding the development of a new M&S Foodhall in Riverside.
“This proposition offers our customers a significantly improved shopping experience with a choice of over 5,000 food and beverage products.
“Our new store would create 40 jobs during the construction phase and support another 70 full-time and part-time jobs when the store is up and running.
“The public consultation has shown that there is a huge appetite for a broader M&S offering in the region and we believe Riverside offers the ideal location for both the business and North Coast buyers.”
The planning request will now be assessed by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
M&S arrived in Northern Ireland 54 years ago, in 1967, paving the way for investment from many other UK companies.
M&S has 21 stores in Northern Ireland at Abbeycentre, Ballymena, Banbridge (outlet) Bangor, Belfast, Enniskillen, Foyleside, Lisburn, Newry, Newtownbreda, Omagh, Aldergrove, Armagh, Boucher Road, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Crescent Link , Malone, upper path.
They currently employ 2,800 full and part-time colleagues in Northern Ireland.
Local sourcing is very important to M&S and Northern Ireland is one of our largest sourcing regions with 11 direct suppliers, around 1,600 farms producing quality products including milk, eggs, beef, pork, butter and bread.
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