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Garden centre relocation could see Marks & Spencer expand Martlesham store

12:00 10 February 2016

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The relocation of a Martlesham garden centre, which had been facing closure, could pave the way for Marks and Spencer to expand its neighbouring store significantly.

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The Ling’s Garden Store in Beardmore Park is set to move at the end of this month after a “substantial increase in rent”, but the move could also lead to an opportunity for the M&S food store to expand.

Clive Turner, manager at Ling’s, said: “In a nutshell they [site owners Londonmetric Saturn Ltd] were going to increase rent quite substantially.”

Mr Turner said the rental increase means the garden centre will have to leave the premises by the end of the month.

While the independent business has secured a new site in Hawkers Drive, the building is currently registered with the district council as office space, and requires planners to approve a change of use to a retail outlet.

But while the store is left with having to make a hasty move, bosses have breathed a sigh of relief that the store will continue and the 11 workers’ jobs will remain safe.

“We are now in the process of taking down displays because we have got to get out pretty quickly, but we are probably looking at two to three weeks before we can get in there,” Mr Turner added.

“If we hadn’t found a unit pretty quickly there could have been a potential loss [of jobs], but we have got a unit lined up – these things just take a bit of time.”

Marks & Spencer is understood to have expressed an interest in expanding its existing food store to include clothing, home and beauty products, which could be made possible by neighbouring Brantano shoe shop having recently gone into 
administration, and the relocation of Ling’s – meaning both units will be vacant.

Despite requests from the Ipswich Star, both M&S and Londonmetric Saturn Ltd declined to comment on any potential plans for expansion of the store.


  • My comments are simply based on my opinions, do not take the as factual. Shame that these greedy landlords have to see fit to raise the rents ridiculously high just because the area is doing well. If it wasn't for the new stores here then the landlords might have had years with an empty unit, greedy so and so's. Happy that it seems Lings may of found alternative premises, also happy that Marksys may be expanding, they do sell some nice things, yes it is a bit more expensive than others, but I don't ever recall anyone getting me into an arm lock and forcing me to shop there! Can't believe that Brantano lasted as long as they did, the shoes they sell are very poor quality (in my opinion), if the automatic doors swish open as I walk past the smell of plastic nearly knocks me off my feet.

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    richie w

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Ipswich Company Director should get his facts right, Lings Garden Store always have a Sale in January and this year was no different. It was never advertised as a closing down sale. Lings provide an excellent service and I am delighted they can carry on, we should all support them and not make stupid comments.

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    Ben Palmer

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • The reason this area is sought after is that it has an affluent catchment area , unlike the Anglia Retail Park in Ipswich. The area is now too busy at peak times as everyone drives to the areaand parking is a real problem. Whatever replaces Chris Lings will make it worse , Chris Lings wasn't a great crownd puller. The roundabout nearby is likely to become traffic light controlled too which will congest the area even more at busy periods.

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Let's not forget, one of the biggest barriers to retail businesses at this location has been Suffolk Coastal and their protection of Woodbridge retail trade. I believe that Tesco have opposed food outlets and that is what delayed M&S opening for several months. It isn't only the landlord to blame for changes and delays. At least this area seems to have more success in seeking new tenants when businesses fail. There is a lot more empty space down Norwich Rd.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Sad to see the smaller businesses on the retail park being effectively forced out. But I am glad lings will be continuing to trade in the area. Their is a rumour that Hobbycraft is moving into one of the units.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Why is the only reaction that the owners are being greedy? We live in a country where capiraluam is s major force, and if the owners think (or even know) that they can get more income from their assets, then they are perfectly entitled. Lings must have a hard core customer base, so won't necessarily suffer from being moved. That area was hardly busy when they were one of the few residents, so they're not the reason why it's very busy now. Glasswells moved on, Seapets lost out to Pets At Home (they surely couldn't have coexisted) Next took over from a drab uncompetitive builders merchant, and Bennetts went bust and were bought out by Hughes, so are still there in all but name.

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    Jim Strobe

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Ipswich Entrepreneur spot on. Like next on the same site the Ipswich town centre destroyed by councilors from Framlingham, Southwold etc approving an out of town development that has no effect on them but kills Ipswich. Martlesham industrial estate was supposed to be for INDUSTRIAL use only not a mega out of town shopping centre. Anothef ewason for a proper Ipswich council that covers the economic area of Ipswich so it can be planned properly.

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    The Ginge

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • So their "Closing down" sale is misleading.. Good riddance!! I hate being lied to.

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    Ipswich Company Director

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Greedy Landlords , never heard that before ! Used to be pretty good area to go for a bit of browsing , now i wouldn't go there at all. Glasswells Seapets , Chris Lings , Bennetts and Focus Do it All gone . But then the place is heaving most weekends !

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Like others, I remember,when lings were the only consistent retailer on this estate, now it's busy they are treated appallingly by the landlord, no loyalty in business anymore .

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • It seems there's no end to the greed of the owners of this trading estate. This isn't the first business to be forced out because the money-grubbers pushed their rent up to a ridiculous level. Seapets certainly gave me more reason to go there than yet another pound shop; and without Ling's there's nothing in Beardmore Park to bring me back.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Good move Lings. Gives the Landlord the bird and gets you out of a seriously congested site in readiness for the peak Spring trading period. Best wishes.

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    David White

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Elsewhere, Ipswich Central are bricking themselves worrying about M&S not remaining in the town centre...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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