Ipswich: Co-op store in Norwich Road set to close its doors just months after Tesco opened at neighbouring Emperor Pub site

The East of England Co-operative has said it has taken the difficult decision to close its shop in Norwich Road at 6pm on Saturday. The East of England Co-operative has said it has taken the difficult decision to close its shop in Norwich Road at 6pm on Saturday.

Friday, March 21, 2014
4:48 PM

A convenience store in Ipswich is set to close its doors for the final time tomorrow, it has emerged.

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The East of England Co-operative has said it has taken the “difficult decision” to close down its shop in Norwich Road at 6pm on Saturday.

It comes after bosses admitted last month that they were looking into a “potential closure” due to “competitor impact”.

The store neighbours a Tesco Express store, which opened in December at the former Emperor Pub.

A total of 14 full-time and part-time employees worked at the store. A spokesman for the East of England Co-operative said “some” will be made redundant but would not disclose how many.

Roger Grosvenor, executive officer – retail for the East of England Co-operative, said some staff members will be redeployed.

He said: “Following careful consideration and a period of consultation with store colleagues, we have made the difficult decisions to close our store on Norwich Road.

“A number of staff at the branch have already been redeployed, with others still in the process of being found work within the business.

“The store will close tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, at 6pm.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank those members and customers who shopped at the Norwich Road store and hope to see you in one of our other 24 food stores in Ipswich.

“We are now actively considering a number of uses for the site and will share any developments as they arise.”

There has been a wave of new convenience-style supermarkets opening in the town, including a Morrisons ‘M’ at the junction of St Matthew’s Street and Berners Street.

24 comments

  • with there high prices it will not be the last.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • @ poppysdad East of england co-op are not selling anything... Certainly not the pharmacies, you are thinking of the "co-op group" the prats based in manchester who have lost billions through their banks. It has nothing to do with "east of england co-op" what so ever they are a separate company! The norwich road shop is also not being sold according to the story, its just not going to be used as a foodstore anymore. To anyone else i have got my papers here for a while and the odd grocery item... Co-op prices are not high they are very comparable and you will pay more in a Tesco express than you will in a Tesco supermarket so make sure you compare properly. Assuming Tesco express have the items in the first place as the range is dreadful in my experience and the shelves are usually empty! (Yes obviously iv been in to have a nose and i use the Express near my daughters occasionally) Although the self checkouts are quite nice! It is most likely that the co-op already wanted to change the use of this property to something else as it has been kept running with no investment while it has been making some profit but are taking this opportunity to take a swipe at Tesco as this particular one all ready had some bad press around it. I dont see any other co-ops closing down that have had similar Tesco express stores open next door? And have been open for longer. So clearly the competition is not that fierce.

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    John Smith

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • "I would like to take this opportunity to thank those members and customers who shopped at the Norwich Road store." Well surely it's those very same customers who have deserted in favour of lower prices at Tesco that have caused the closure. Can't blame them though.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • No surprise at all and it won't be the last.The Co-oP is doomed and it is its own corrupt and incompetent mangement who have caused it, not dirty tricks by Tescos

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    Gobby

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Always thought the Co-op was supposed to be there serving the community and its members, not necessarily for profit. Co-op Motor Group gone, Co-op Dairies gone, Co-op Department Stores gone, Co-op Milkround gone now starting on the convenience stores, can't even be bothered to have a store in the high street of where they are based for "commercial reasons" despite owning a massive building on it - still at least they have a nice luxurious head office to sit back and watch the demise in. When you have no more customers you have no more members, goodbye East of England Co-op - you used to serve us well.

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    dale craven

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • The Co-op's have forgotten about their customers. They worry about profit not service. The end of an era? We should start all over again - small is beautiful. Large means investors are more important than customers.

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    braiswick

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Dissolve the entire Co-op, sell all the assets and distribute equally amongst members (or alternatively weighted by number of points), after all liabilities have been paid. Alternatively, donate it all to charities on a global scale... that is "corporate social responsibility"... 1) realise your group no longer matches its historical values 2) competition is eating into the business at a faster rate than coastal erosion and 3) closing is the right thing to do!!! Business models such as the John Lewis Partnership is in effect the new co-op fit for the 21st century - it fits in with modern business principles and allows a fair chance of competition amongst supermarkets and the like.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • yes victor meldrew , hadleigh coop is very quiet at the moment , still some good bargains . a lot of morrisons meat etc is not as good as the coop.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • If co-op foods wants to survive then they have to compete. Embarrassing that they close a store so soon after a competitor opens one. They would be better to scrap the dividend & lower prices. The cost of processing the dividend is not insignificant either. Regarding the pharmacies. My local one tells me there is no plan at the moment to close the east-of-england ones.

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    Chris D

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Until very recently the Co op have been charging £1.59 for 4 pints of milk. Due to pressure from the discount stores they have now reduced this to £1.00. I always thought that the Co op was the store for the people but they have lost their way big time.

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    how'd the town do

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I did send a post in about this and Mr Stott, I am wrong to say it was the Cooperative near Barrack Corner that was closing for which I apologise but I hope this is not the next one as my family have used this store albeit now not so regularly since 1962.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • MR M , YOU ARE A PRAT.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • High prices, poor stock, run down stores, staff who seem unmotivated - is it any wonder East of England Coop are closing. Suspect it will be the first of many and suspect Coop could be the next brand to vanish of our high street.

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    swatts

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Co-op Dairies...I wonder where did those electric milk floats end up? They also used similar on grocery runs in the town.

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    rustic

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Terence Manning needs to learn to spell.."there" high prices?

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    Mr M

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Until very recently the Co op have been charging £1.59 for 4 pints of milk. Due to pressure from the discount stores they have now reduced this to £1.00. I always thought that the Co op was the store for the people but they have lost their way big time.

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    how'd the town do

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • T M you have criticise my spelling before look at there ,

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    pandy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Mr Stott obviously knows Ipswich....not. The new Tesco Express in Norwich Road is over a mile from the Co-operative closing at the Town end of Norwich Road and does NOT neighbour it. As stated it is closing because the competitors are at the St Matthews StreetCivic Drive roundabout opening generally 6am to 11pm.A wave of new convenience style supermarkets, oh my word laughable journalism.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Its not the first, & dare say won't be the last to close. There used to one in Kesgrave until the council allowed tesco to build 2 stores close by.No wonder the Co-op are struggling!

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    sunwindwave

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • The express shops will creep and take over, just as the supermarkets have seen many of the little shops around that area of town go. On Bramford Lane, Bramford Road, all gone. Even the 2 in front rooms of houses, the off licence, the fresh fish shop I knew as a youngster. All homogenised shopping now, all taking away competition and individuality...progress some call it.

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    waspie

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I know. Why not turn it into a pub.

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    grizzlybluesman

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Mr Manning, Hadleigh Co-op next?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Co-op are also selling their Pharmacies , front runner to buy the 750 stores is TESCO . Co-op stores have been poorly run for many years , ask them about their Stock Shortages for starters !

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Terence Manning needs to learn to spell.."there" high prices?

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    Mr M

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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