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Ipswich: Iceland still unable to confirm when they will open new store in Tower Ramparts - or if it is even happening

17:09 19 February 2014

Iceland is expected to open in Tower Ramparts during the spring.

Iceland is expected to open in Tower Ramparts during the spring.

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Confusion still surrounds the expected opening of a new Iceland store in Tower Ramparts in Ipswich.

Officials at the shopping centre handed over the keys of the new Iceland unit to the company at the start of the week, and workers can be seen in the store apparently measuring up for the shopfitting.

The company is due to open in what was the upper ground floor of the old Littlewoods store at the centre

However a spokeswoman for Iceland said she could not confirm when the store would open, or even that the company had taken possession.

And it has emerged that the company has not yet applied for an alcohol licence.

That could prove controversial. Iceland is the only major retailer not to sign up to the voluntary “Reducing the Strength” campaign that was launched in Ipswich two years ago.

That initiative has seen most stores across the town – and all the other major chains – refusing to sell cheap high-strength beer and cider.

Iceland, which has a store on St Matthew’s Street, has not signed up and lists a high-strength cider on its website.

The borough council – which is now the licensing authority – and the police are keen for it to back the “Reducing the Strength” campaign and to join the battle against street drinking in the town.

Ipswich Central, which manages the town centre, is also keen to see Iceland join the scheme.

However because it is a voluntary campaign, it would not be possible to refuse an application for a drinks licence to a business which does not sign up to it.

Despite Iceland not confirming that the store is being prepared to open, it is expected to open its doors to customers during the spring.

Shopfitters are also at work on the unit underneath – that is expected to become the home of a major discount store and is also expected to open in the spring.

15 comments

  • Interesting to learn - information briefly and quietly tucked away in the very last sentence - that there will be yet another "major discount store" (= pound shop) opening in central Ipswich soon.

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Stir, stir and yet stir again, No wonder nobody wants to talk to this reporter.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Gossip Monger Geater strikes again...

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I love this story that isn't a story...They won't be given permission because they sell strong beer but they will be given permission because they cant be refused it. They will not be opening but will be opening in the Spring. Ipswich Central runs the town but don't. The whole thing is very well organised but then again it's Ipswich.

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    Citizen

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Another Iceland and another pound shop? Says it all about the decline of Ipswich.

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • To be honest the place needs bulldozing, it is an outdated shopping centre, offering nothing the shops in this era want. Another Iceland? that's not going to entice any of the decent retailers to it, it will end up with empty units a betting shop and another pound shop. So essentially, nothing new here, move along.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • What a complete non-story. Just because Iceland quite rightly wouldn't give the fool Geater a quote, he throws his toys out of the pram and tries to make the whole project look doubtful. It's time he went back to reporting on the Wonderful Waterfront.

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Same old story! Just like the Vue cinema that is supposed to be coming this year.

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    kev70

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • In defence of Mr Geater at least there is still some one (he now looks like the only one!) with local contacts and knowledge in touch with what's happening in our town and keeping us informed. Heaven help Ipswich and its residents ifwhen the Ipswich Star finally disappears and along with it any chance of proper local news...

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    mmm

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Iceland and Poundland... great, the problems of the town has been solved!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Desperate news for a desperate town. Two more rubbish stores which will do absolutely nothing for the retail experience for ipswich shoppers.

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    Mel C

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Well, I do know someone, working at another Iceland store in town, who has been asked by them to move to Tower Ramparts.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Anyone else think that this town needs some strong dynamic forward thinking revolutionaries? All that seems to happen is bumbling from one disaster to another without any cohesion or vision. It's comical and farcical watching this train wreck of an organisation.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • What a complete non-story. Just because Iceland quite rightly wouldn't give the fool Geater a quote, he throws his toys out of the pram and tries to make the whole project look doubtful. It's time he went back to reporting on the Wonderful Waterfront.

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • mmm wrote "Heaven help Ipswich and its residents ifwhen the Ipswich Star finally disappears". Really? Sounds to me like the best news I will have read in the local papers for years. Only to be bettered when the EADT also disappears.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

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