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Ipswich: Campaigners hit out at bid to turn Emperor Inn into a Tesco Express store

09:00 15 January 2013

Local residents and councilors are campaigning against Tesco

Local residents and councilors are campaigning against Tesco's application to turn the Emperor Pub in Ipswich into a store

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CONCERNS have been raised over the future of a popular Ipswich watering-hole after it emerged Tesco plans to convert it into a shop.

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The supermarket giant has taken on the lease of the Emperor Inn, in Norwich Road, from Punch Taverns after the site was put on the market last year.

Planning permission is now being sought from the borough council for minor alterations, an extension of the first floor and car parking provision.

People living in the area fear the move will have major implications for other businesses.

Councillor Andrew Cann said: “Lots of community groups use the meeting room there and there is not much opportunity to meet elsewhere in the area.

“There are several shops that are in direct competition and would close because Tesco would take all the trade.”

A committee has been set up by pub regulars and groups to look at ways of saving the pub.

Rebecca Moss, a member of the committee, said: “It (the pub) is a part of the community.

“It has been in a bit of a sorry state since the summer, but it is still open and a lot of regulars are using it.”

Tesco want to open the new store, a Tesco Express, this summer and estimate the shop would employ about 20 people.

A spokesman said: “In our experience, the stores provide a welcome lift to local shopping areas, bringing more people out to shop. We are always keen to meet local residents.”

■ What are your thoughts on Tesco’s plans? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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6 comments

  • This council would sell its soul to the devil. When this goes ahead, stand back and watch all the nearby established small shops close.... same all across the country.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Another tesco express? Their as bad a car washes every spare space going a tesco want to open a store. I've never known a town with so many tesco's.

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    james

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Why don't we just change the name of England to Tescoland as they seem to want to take over the whole country? After all there is already a store called Iceland

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    england1770

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I do not believe this, they cannot seriously allow yet another Tesco in our town, it is ridiculous. I boycotted them years ago for my own reasons. They took over my local shop which is an Express too and yes they will start with a few staff but you can bet they will be all part time jobs and when they put in self service tills some of those jobs go, it will also not take into account the jobs lost elsewhere. Scandalous.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Thought shops would close down on Nacton Road when Tescos appeared, since then I have noticed it seems more busier, I shop up there more then I used to, as it also brings to other shops passing trade. You either have an boarded up pub or more money come in?

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    an idea

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • they will get it , because they can do no wrong in this town , the next thing will be to change the name of ipswich to tesco

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    gilson

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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