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Ipswich: Permission sought to divide large retail unit at the Euro Retail Park for B&Q and Morrisons stores

PUBLISHED: 12:27 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 25 February 2014

A proposal has been submitted to divide this retail unit.

A proposal has been submitted to divide this retail unit.

Permission is being sought to divide a large retail unit in an Ipswich shopping park and create two separate stores – a move which could create up to 300 jobs.

If the proposal is given the green light, the existing B&Q shop at the Euro Retail Park will be converted into a smaller B&Q store and a Fresh Format Morrisons foodstore.

The plan, which has now been submitted to Ipswich Borough Council, received positive reviews from people in the area during a public consultation at the end of last year.

Richard Haynes, of Morrisons, said: “I am delighted with the response we received at our public exhibition, and submitting this application marks the next key milestone for this project.

“A new Morrisons will improve the food shopping provision on the eastern side of Ipswich and provide more choice and competition for the whole town – complementing our existing store at Sproughton Road.”

The food store is set to carry the full range of Morrisons’ goods and services while the 300 jobs that have been mooted will include training opportunities.

Andrew McDonnell, B&Q’s divisional director London and East Anglia, added: “We are delighted to be working with Morrisons to revitalise an established shopping location and renew our commitment to Ipswich.

“Our new store format is designed to make it easier for customers to shop and is being well received everywhere we have introduced it so far.”

The proposal is now set to be debated by borough planners and it is expected a decision will be reached by April 16.

You can view the application by visiting www.ipswich.gov.uk

13 comments

  • Excellent news! There just ISN'T enough traffic congestion in the area at the moment.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Great! even more congestion on those roads and the car park! Its already difficult to find a space since the Chavs R us store opened next to Hughes.

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    John Smith

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I AM SPARTACUS

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    PC Plod

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I agree with Brian Betts on the loss of Martin and Newby who I believe were killed off by the likes of B&Q who have offered a gradually diminished service over the years, such a shame they went but to put yet another supermarket in such a saturated are is damned ridiculous.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Two things worry me... 1) "up to" (300 jobs) and 2) "training opportunities". Firstly, when you are planning to open up a business, be it a small independent shop or another supermarket to add to your arsenal you are going to know how many staff you need to employ.I think 300 (including part time weekend workers and cleaners) is really excessive and unlikely... furthermore, B&Q must be reducing its staff. Secondly, training opportunities? That sounds like the 300 staff will mostly be unpaid placements from the jobcentre... or low paid retail apprenticeships... good for experience, but its a supermarket, everyone should be paid at least minimum wage and train on the job. Only going to take a week...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Coincidence this is made public just after the County Council announcements about improving the roads around there due to all the congestion!

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    mmm

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • It's okay - the extra trafiic can be controlled with more traffic lights

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    Mr Grumpy

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Hmmm and the new travellers site is being proposed at the other end of town - how convienent!?!

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    natasha laisure

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • With Sainsburys, Waitrose, Lidl and Co-op all within half a mile what we really need in this area is another supermarket!

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    RC

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I hope that it will be an improvement on a similar 'marriage' that took place in Hadleigh. However, it is not really surprising since B&Q have become less buyer friendly and very expensive. Oh ! for the old Martin & Newby.

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Don't forget, B&M also sell quite a large range of provisions. And there's a huge Makro just round the corner too. So another supermarket is clearly needed.

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    paul e.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Please don't mention congestion husssshhh!! the council will put more lights ontop of more lights.

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    an idea

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Brian - Elmers in Kesgrave is the new M&N :) As far as the new supermarket there is concerned is madness . The roads around it will be even more clogged up !

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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