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Ipswich: Co-op seeks permission to open new shop in Ipswich, which will create an estimated 26 jobs

PUBLISHED: 09:24 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:24 28 March 2014

The East of England Co-op submitted a proposal for a new shop in at the site of the Three Jolly Sailors pub on Handford Road, days after their store in Norwich Road was closed.

The East of England Co-op submitted a proposal for a new shop in at the site of the Three Jolly Sailors pub on Handford Road, days after their store in Norwich Road was closed.

The site of a former pub in west Ipswich could be used to create a new Co-op convenience store, if a proposal from the company is given the green light.

Plans for the area in Handford Road, where the Three Jolly Sailors used to stand, have been submitted to the borough council, just days after the East of England Co-op announced it would be closing its store in Norwich Road.

A spokesman for the firm said the recent closure would not have a bearing on the current application and that they estimate the shop would create 26 jobs, which will be a mix of full and part time.

Nick Denny, executive for property at the East of England Co-op, said: “The East of England Co-op has resubmitted a planning application to create a food store in Handford Road, following extensive discussions with the planning authority.

“It has been our intention to create a new foodstore in the location since the site was acquired in 2012 prior to any decisions being made on the Norwich Road store.”

In a design statement to the borough, planners have been told that the convenience store will include a sales area, preparation area, staff amenities, cold stores and warehouse storage.

A report added: “The redevelopment of this site will contribute to the wider regeneration aspirations for this area of Ipswich.”

To view the application and to have your say on it, please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk

11 comments

  • At the rate we are going there will be nothing but convenience stores, pounds stores and betting shops in Ipswich. Its a pity the co-op allowed their fine, 100 year old store in the town centre to run to ruin rather than regenerating it and makimg it work. If John Lewis, who run to similar values, can be buckimng the define and making huge profits, it must take some feat of bad management for the co op to fail so spectacularly

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    Sentinel Red

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I wonder if anybody's assessed the effects of the extra traffic this will generate on an already busy road? Thought not.

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    beerlover

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Odd idea - 50 yards away there's a european foods store complete with dodgy tobacco and 100 yards away a Lidls.

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Clap. Clap. A very clever move and a stab in the back for Tesco. Co-op retreat from Norwich Road allowed the new Tesco store to monopolise on that area. The closer to town Tesco store is competing with the new M store (quite comfortably I suspect). This new store allows those living in the Norwich Road - Handford Road corridor - many already probably customers - a new local store. Furthermore, its close to a rather large BT complex and not so far away from the football ground, the recreational ground and the houses surrounding it. Footfall is tiny but its a very busy road. Premier are probably a little concerned and Tescos celebrations might have been a little premature although its clear Tesco have secured a comfortable piece of turf on their local town domination strategy. What really bothers me however is these supermarket metro stores and co-ops... its damaging the ability for independents to compete. I wonder how long the small newsagents can last against this ever increasing wave of competition.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • 26 jobs? You are looking at mostly part time making an FTE of around 5 or 6 jobs.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • At the rate we are going there will be nothing but convenience stores, pounds stores and betting shops in Ipswich. Its a pity the co-op allowed their fine, 100 year old store in the town centre to run to ruin rather than regenerating it and makimg it work. If John Lewis, who run to similar values, can be buckimng the decline and making huge profits, it must take some feat of bad management for the co op to fail so spectacularly

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    Sentinel Red

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Odd idea - 50 yards away there's a european foods store complete with dodgy tobacco and 100 yards away a Lidls.

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Any room for a Tesco nearby?

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    Ander P

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Can they run a shop safely without losing the money.

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    a west

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • not a good idea. there's Lidl's and Sainsbury's just a bit further along and the road is too busy.they'd do well to expand the store on colchester road.the north-west of Ipswich is lacking any larger supermarkets.

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    Stewart Lennox

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • O no not another SLOW -OP it takes forever to get served in any co-op

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    Robert Bulmer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

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