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Job fears as B&Q superstore near Asda in Ipswich announces closure

06:00 03 October 2015

B&Q in Anglia Retail Park will close by 2017.

B&Q in Anglia Retail Park will close by 2017.

Home improvement giant B&Q is set to close one of its biggest Suffolk stores - at Anglia Retail Park on the edge of Ipswich, it can be revealed.

The firm last night declined to say how many people are employed at the store, but it is estimated there are around 100 full or part-time positions.

The closure will happen in the next financial year. The company has vowed to find new jobs for its employees within the Kingfisher Group, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, during the coming months.

The news is also a major blow to Anglia Retail Park, opposite the Asda superstore in Goddard Road, which has already seen a number of stores close and will now lose its biggest retailer.

Martin Goonan, Ipswich borough councillor for the Whitehouse ward, said he was disappointed to hear the news because of what it meant for jobs in the area.

“It’s always a shock to hear but especially of such a reputable business closing down,” he added. “It’s a great shame and I really hope the site gets filled as soon as possible.

“Any area of any town in any part of the country having empty shops is not good but you work really hard to get them filled as soon as you can.”

Colin Wright, who is also a borough councillor for the ward, said the closure would have a “large effect” on Whitehouse.

“I’m certainly very shocked and saddened to hear it,” he added. “I’m a councillor for this end of the town and I also live here and any closure of this size is saddening.”

It is understood that employees at the smaller B&Q store in Ransomes Europark were told about the closure on Wednesday but have not been made aware that any staff from Anglia Retail Park would be transferring there.

It was also announced this week that a new Screwfix store would open in Goddard Road on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate on October 8, creating 13 new jobs.

The company refused to say whether employees at the closing B&Q have been offered the chance to transfer to Screwfix.

The Whitehouse store is also the main hub for bulk bag deliveries such as sand and gravel across Suffolk and it is not clear what will happen to this service in the future.

At the end of March this year, the Kingfisher Group revealed it would close as many as 60 B&Q stores over the next two years as part of a restructuring of its UK and Ireland business.

Shortly after, staff at the Lowestoft branch in North Quay Retail Park were told that their store would close at the start of next year, with reportedly 40 jobs being lost.

A B&Q spokesman said: “We have let colleagues at our Ipswich Anglia store know that their store is one of those planned for closure next financial year.

“Our focus for the coming months is on redeploying as many colleagues as we can within B&Q and the Kingfisher Group.”

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15 comments

  • A big store with big overheads with fewer bargains and fewer customers. I reckon it should be a permanent indoor market and an everyday car boot sale . Bring ya stuff ....set up a stall....and flog it. Bit of reggae music and a bacon roll then it could be a better market than Norwich. A market with an international flavour and some character. The indoor market would create jobs and that is what this town needs .

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    chantry

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Oh dear !, more confirmation of George Osborne's 'Economic Recovery' !......won't be long before there is only Supermarkets and Pound shops left in Ipswich !.....never mind we've still got 'Austerity' !..

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    freedomf

    Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • To quote the article above,,At the end of March this year, the Kingfisher Group revealed it would close as many as 60 B&Q stores over the next two years as part of a restructuring of its UK and Ireland business.! so 6 months ago this news was released & when they reveal the news 6 months later that this shop is shutting eveyone throws their hands up in surprise & start bleeting on about what it will mean for the area.. How many of these 100 jobs are actually full time rather than zero hours contracts? The Kingfisher group have made this decision to maximise the profits for the shareholders not the local community with whom they do not a give a hoot about,they just want our money but that seems to have dried up at this store as they would not shut a profit making store.

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    Shed Kev

    Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • Another nail in the coffin for this part of the town! We can but hope that Ipswich Borough Council tries their best to fill the store. Clear Mammas and Pappas and the Carpet Right store and get IKEA in there. Excellent road link to the A14 and it would bring jobs and lots of people into the town. Sadly this can only be a pipe dream as Ipswich Borough Council do not have the vision to make this a reality. It will probably turn into the biggest £ shop, after all Ipseich only have four at the moment!

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    Jean Mcsorley

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Another nail in the coffin for this part of the town! We can but hope that Ipswich Borough Council tries their best to fill the store. Clear Mammas and Pappas and the Carpet Right store and get IKEA in there. Excellent road link to the A14 and it would bring jobs and lots of people into the town. Sadly this can only be a pipe dream as Ipswich Borough Council do not have the vision to make this a reality. It will probably turn into the biggest £ shop, after all Ipseich only have four at the moment!

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    Jean Mcsorley

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Another nail in the coffin for this part of the town! We can but hope that Ipswich Borough Council tries their best to fill the store. Clear Mammas and Pappas and the Carpet Right store and get IKEA in there. Excellent road link to the A14 and it would bring jobs and lots of people into the town. Sadly this can only be a pipe dream as Ipswich Borough Council do not have the vision to make this a reality. It will probably turn into the biggest £ shop, after all Ipseich only have four at the moment!

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    Jean Mcsorley

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • I think they are closing the wrong store. The one at Ransomes may be busier but the traffic and congestion are a put off. I use the Anglian store as I can pull up close to the entrance and get out of the car park and back on the a12 quickly

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    Sentinel Red

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • only 4 miles down the road, not exactly far flung Tibet is it?

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    Alf Jackson

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • I'me not surprised, I wanted a de walt power drill, £124.95 at b and q. but their sister company offered the same unit at £89.95 Worktop under clamps, £ 3.99 each............ 10 for £4.99 at screwfix. worktop glue. £3.99 for a small tube, a tin containing 5 times a much £2.93 at screwfix, heat gun same make £29.95 at b and q............... £19.99 at screwfix................... so guess where I bought the items............... B and Q have shot themselves in the foot, and the management is to blame, don't they realise sell more .less profit per item but stocks will sell rather than people paying through the nose to over -priced stores like b and q, they reap what they sow............. and now it's the end of the line for the robdogs at b and q..........people shop around for the best prices , now the demise falls on the workers who will most likely lose their jobs, and Screwfix cannot take all of them so some will end up jobless due to greedy employers!!

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    Alf Jackson

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • How ridiculous! So many small local businesses use B&Q Trade Point for their materials...what happens to them? They're going to have to travel to the other side of town for their supplies...

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    Vicki Pyett

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Didn't the Council turn down a planning application for their Ransomes store. Another Council own goal I fear.

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    m01

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Not surprising. Now "Kingfisher" owners of B&Q and "Screwfix" has announce a small Screwfix store on Goddard Road. Hope they were offered new jobs at the new store.

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    Ipswich Man

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Come on B and Q get your act together it shouldn t be necessary to close a diy store here ,it just needs some flare to make it a success which b & q dont have

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    oracle

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • One of the problems with B & Q for the past few years is pricing of goods and have done them selves out of business. It was always priced within reason, but these days most items are quite expensive compared with what you can get On Line which often includes free postage. So I tend not to use them any more.

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    A young OAP

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • That's a big blow to that area and Ipswich ...can't see the remaining stores staying in a semi derelict retail park..

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    deeber

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

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