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Jack Wills still in talks with Tesco to take over Croydon’s store in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 09:08 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 12 February 2016

The former Croydon's building in Ipswich which could be occupied by Jack Wills.

The former Croydon's building in Ipswich which could be occupied by Jack Wills.

Up-market clothes store Jack Wills is still in negotiations aimed at taking over the lease on the former Croydon’s store in Tavern Street, Ipswich.

A spokesman for the company said talks were continuing, and that it still hoped to move into the town during 2016.

It has been advertising online looking for staff “To join our brand new fabulous store in Ipswich.”

The spokesman said: “We are still working on getting the lease sorted out, but we want to have the staff in place to move as quickly as possible once we are in a position to go ahead.”

The store, which styles itself “University Outfitters” already has branches in Southwold, Aldeburgh, and Norwich.

The Tavern Street store was occupied by Croydon’s jewellers for decades – but in the 1990s it became the home of Blacks outdoor store.

That closed in 2010 and since then it has been empty – although a small part of the building is occupied by Virgin Media.

Tesco took over the lease and had planned to open a convenience store in the building – but those plans were abandoned last year after the retail giant’s financial problems forced it to re-evaluate its policies.

Now it is in negotiations with Jack Wills to sell on the lease of what is one of the most significant buildings in the heart of Ipswich.

5 comments

  • i know several people in the town myself who buy from their other stores and online. im sure theyve done their homework. Ipswich is also the county town of suffolk which has more than enough people with the money to buy jack wills. not to mention that most students come back for the summer from other cities and will then purchase while they are at home. The Ipswich demographic only looks poor because the poor shops on the high street dont attract those people. Coes wouldn't have survived this long without there being money in the town.

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    Davin

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • There is no news (only speculation) until they sign the lease. So currently not a news worthy item. I think many people would be surprised at what brands consider an initial interest in Ipswich; the larger concern is the fact they chose an alternative location.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • As a retail analyst , I am struggling to picture Ipswich as a target market for Jack Wills ; the building suits them , they tend to go for period features ; the town demographic itself is surprising ..... Jack Wills style themselves as 'university outfitters ' and tend to go for the university centres such as Cambridge , Bath & Durham as well as upmarket towns such as Aldeburgh , Southwold etc . I know Ipswich has UCS but it is not in the league of established university towns such as those mentioned ... With T shirts starting at £29 , shirts at £49 and hoodies at £60 .. is there really a market for them in Ipswich ?

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    sgm

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I still don't think they will come as i have said before . Negotiations over the lease ? More like re considering coming. I am surprised they were even thinking of coming . But we shall see.

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • About time! It will be nice to see that homeless bloke's gear finally been removed as well..

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    kev70

    Friday, February 12, 2016

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