Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Ipswich: Double boost for town centre as Christmas approaches

PUBLISHED: 10:34 14 November 2012

Workers are readying the new Lush store on Tavern Street.

Workers are readying the new Lush store on Tavern Street.

Archant

With the busiest month of the year just around the corner, the town centre has received a double dose of good news.

A survey of businesses in the town centre has shown that the proportion of empty retail units has slightly fallen over the last year.

And one of the best-known names on the high streets of Britain is due to open a store in the heart of Ipswich at the end of next week.

Cosmetics retailer Lush is fitting out the former Orange store in Tavern Street and is due to open in the town on Friday week, November 23. Ipswich Central had been trying to attract Lush to the town for some time.

Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said: “We have assisted Lush with their search for a suitable Ipswich location over a period of years and we’re delighted that they have finally found a prime position.

“Having a national high end retailer invest in the town is extremely positive for Ipswich and we look forward to welcoming more over the coming months.”

A survey by the Business Improvement District (BID) company Ipswich Central last year showed that 87 per cent of the retail units in the town centre were occupied.

It repeated the survey at the beginning of this month and found that 88pc were occupied.

Mr Clement said that by retailers, the survey meant banks, cafes, and restaurants as well as shops.

He said: “The survey is very good news. It is only a small percentage increase, but it is going in the right direction – it shows that the town centre is attracting more investment.”

Ipswich councillor with responsibility for economic development Carole Jones said the news showed the town was on the up.

She said: “As a town we are bucking the trend and are able to attract new business. Having only 12pc empty units is much better than many other places.

“The arrival of Lush is great news – they attract a wide range of customers of all ages. They’re a retailer that will really bring people in to the town.”

Ipswich is set for another boost next year with the conversion of part of the Buttermarket Centre into a Vue cinema and the move of the TK Maxx store within the centre – meaning it should be fully occupied.

n Is Ipswich shopping centre improving? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

Related articles

A top primary school in Martlesham Heath has been given Ofsted’s top rating of ‘outstanding’ in its latest inspection – the first time it achieved the benchmark rating in 50 years.

Women from Suffolk have described how their lives were rocked by “unfair” changes to pension laws.

Murray Park in Ipswich is set to get a trim trail as the latest measure to improve facilities.

A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Refugee and asylum seeking women living in Suffolk say getting to grips with the English language is one of the biggest challenges they face.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

A century ago, in December 1917, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of the most famous residents of Aldeburgh, died, writes Dr Lucy Harvard.

A senior whistleblower within the region’s ambulance trust has claimed up to 80 people could have died or come to harm because of delays over the Christmas and New Year period.

A three-vehicle crash in Kesgrave this afternoon caused a road to be blocked for more than two hours.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24