Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 13°C


Ipswich: Still they queue at new Waitrose and John Lewis at Home stores

17:30 15 November 2012

The new Ipswich John Lewis at Home and Waitrose.

The new Ipswich John Lewis at Home and Waitrose.


A week on from the opening of the new John Lewis at home and Waitrose superstores on the edge of Ipswich, potential shoppers are still facing long queues to reach the site.


At present there is only one entrance to Futura Park, where the stores are sited, off a roundabout on Ransomes Way which also handles traffic going into the Ransomes Europark retail park.

Since last Thursday’s opening traffic has regularly built up as far back as the Warren Heath and Ravenswood roundabouts – and beyond – putting many potential shoppers off visiting the new stores.

Side developer Aquigen is currently working to complete a second route into the site – from Nacton Road – and hopes this will be in operation by early December.

One shopper tried to visit the stores on Wednesday – but was put off by the queues. She said: “I knew it would be popular for the first few days so I waited until almost a week had gone and went during the middle of the morning.

“There were queues of traffic almost as far back as St Augustines and it was impossible to get there so I gave up. I’m sure it will get better eventually, but I hope things get sorted out.”

A John Lewis and Waitrose spokesman said: “Our shops have been extremely popular since they opened a week ago and we’ve been delighted with the response.

“We are aware that traffic has been busy around the new shops and are working closely with the relevant parties to ensure congestion is kept to a minimum.

“We have introduced car park marshals to improve the flow of vehicles and ensure customers can find spaces much more easily.”

Have the queues put you off visiting the stores? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail

Related articles



  • At long last some real competition !, now Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and all the rest will have to alter and up their game plan ! Just what Ipswich people needed !

    Report this comment


    Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Hardly think they're competition.Waitrose's prices are not cheaper and as for the John Lewis store I don't know why they bothered-it's not a full store and it's expensive.

    Report this comment

    Mary Mary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Terry Kidgell is staging a star-studded show at the Ipswich Regent on Monday, October 12, in aid of Macmillan after he was diagnosed with terminal bowl cancer. One of those appearing will be his niece Robyn Mellor, currently starring on London's West End. The other will be America’s Got Talent 2015 winner Paul Zerdin.
Terry with his niece Robyn.

What would you do if you were told you had just months to live? For Terry Kidgell, diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in August, the answer was simple – throw a charity gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Save the Duke Share Launch, led by campaigners Sarah Caston and Lucy Batchelor-Wylam

A community campaign launched at the end of August to save a village’s pub has raised more than 40% of the money it needs.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fail to stop collision on the A14 at Nacton.

Alcohol was repeatedly sold to underage drinkers in Ipswich

An Ipswich man has pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to children from his shop.

The homeless in Ipswich tuck in to a hot meal at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter. Photograph Simon Parker

The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter has launched a drive for volunteers ahead of opening its doors on December 2.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central

A major conference aimed at pushing ahead with dramatic changes to Ipswich town centre is to be held at the end of this month.

Motorists were sent on a diversion nearly 30miles (47.7km) long

We all bemoan the diversions which close the highways and byways of Suffolk when roadworks are set up.

The Northgate High School team competing at a regional heat in Ford Dunton

Northgate High School pupils are preparing for a grand prix experience as they compete in the finals of the Greenpower International Kit Car competition.

Work is being stepped up at hospitals in Suffolk and north Essex to deal with “bed blocking” after new figures revealed more than 38,000 “bed days” have been lost because of the issue since 2012.

The area in Clarkson Street where two gangs fought on September 23

An Ipswich mother-of-two has told of how she was left terrified after getting caught up in the middle of fighting between groups of young men wielding bricks, lumps of wood and an axe.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages