Marks and Spencer will have identified sites for 20 high street Simply Food stores by the end of March as it prepares for an aggressive roll out of the format. M&S plans to open Simply Food stores in conurbations across the UK as the project reaches critical mass The expansion of the high street portfolio is being engineered separately from a collaboration with foodservice giant Compass Group for a railway Simply Food chain. Railway station sites at Victoria, Liverpool Street and Marylebone will be trading by the end of the financial year. A spokeswoman said: "We want to have the railway station stores and as many as possible of the 20 high street stores up and running by the end March 2002. After that we want many more sites." A spokeswoman said high street Simply Food stores are less about convenience and more about a mini M&S food hall experience. Railway station stores will, however, focus on convenience, with an emphasis on ready takeaway meals and sandwiches. Sales at Simply Food stores in commuter belt locations in Surbiton, Surrey and Twickenham, Middlesex continue to be "healthy" according to M&S. {{NEWS }}