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Poll: Norwich Road Co-op in Ipswich could close after rival Tesco opens Express store on site of former Emperor Pub

14:42 24 February 2014

The Co-op on Norwich Road may close.

The Co-op on Norwich Road may close.

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A convenience store in Ipswich has announced it is looking into a “potential closure” due to “competitor impact”.

The East of England Co-operative said it had taken “careful consideration” over the possible closure of its Norwich Road store and would look to redeploy staff “where possible”.

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

Roger Grosvenor, executive officer – retail for the East of England Co-operative, said: “As the largest independent retailer in the East of England, owned by its members, we are constantly reviewing our business to ensure we are running effectively and efficiently.

“We currently serve the residents of Ipswich from over 25 food stores, and, following careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to look at the potential closure of our store on Norwich Road due to competitor impact.

"So the area loses yet another pub due to Tesco and now another shop, surprise surprise. Told you so springs to mind, still when they have wiped out everything they can charge what they will."

C Smith, web comment

“We are currently in consultation with the staff and will look to redeploy where possible.

“There are a number of East of England Co-op stores in the surrounding area which will continue to serve our members and customers.”

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

30 comments

  • You have to understand that journalists are not your PR agency. Journalists have their own agenda. They are going to write whatever story they want to, or whatever story their editor told them to write.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • There are so many reasons why the coop is dying. This specific store (my local) is disgusting. The Tesco is far more clean and inviting. Prices, coop is too dear, it used to be ok when you got divi in cash, now all you get is a pittance that has to be spent in store. Poor management is the problem here.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I have a new tesco near me. Its small but the shop design is brill and they have huge amounts of choice. Im in heaven as i no longer have to pay ridiculous coop prices plus i get my points which add up alot on top of my monthly food shop done at a large tesco. Plus the staff are always really nice

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    sensible

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • There are already more than enough Tesco Express stores, and plenty of Co-Ops already in the town. A bit of variety wouldn't go amiss. My personal preference would be for a Marks & Spencer Simply Food, but when there was an option for one to be opened in Colchester Road, the local residents complained and it never went ahead, which is a shame.

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    Richard Hall

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • A shop that was always on it's way out or the death of another reasonably local shop due to the shortsightedness of IBC allow Tesco to take over our town!?

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    Chris Church

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I completely agree with Angry Slipper, I think Tescos new store is a huge improvement !

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    A Palmer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • And there's me been avoiding the Tesco store on purpose. Either way, I still won't shop at Tesco out of principle - there or anywhere else.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • It's for the coop to be competitive if it does not want to lose customers and that's something they have always struggled to do in any of its businesses. It's all about cost and the coop have never been known as being cheap. Convenient yes. They could start be scrapping the dividend and reduce prices which in turn would reduce the processing cost each year.

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    Chris D

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The problem with a lot of the coop shops is that so many things are out of date. Only last week I had to take something back as it was past it sell by date

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    Bungay

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • So the area loses yet another pub due to Tesco and now another shop, surprise surprise. Told you so springs to mind, still when they have wiped out everything they can charge what they will.

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    C Smith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • And there's me been avoiding the Tesco store on purpose. Either way, I still won't shop at Tesco out of principle - there or anywhere else.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Could not agree more with comments. Tesco 100% better, but I just wish the Coop had tried to compete rather than giving up. The planning system is not there to keep commercial enterprises ope, you do that by uping your game.

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    The Ginge

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • where one door opens another door shuts it won,t be the last

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    Chris Rudge

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I think the new Tesco store is actually very good. It has parking, it's clean and it is stocked with a range of stuff you might actually want to buy. By comparison the Co-Op was a pain in the back-side to park near, the store was poorly maintained & looked grotty and the items it stocked focused on tins and cheap processed junk.

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    Angry Slipper

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Bravo Tesco! Bring it on.

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    Ander P

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The monopoly the Co-op had for generations squeezed small independent traders just like Tesco are doing to them now, by offering a better environment to shop, a bigger range and keener prices. Tesco will keep turning abandoned pubs in to stores because of the planning loop hole, while the Co-op fall away by not giving the customer what they want.

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    Ipswichite

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Well if that poll is a true representation of shopper views, the the CO-OP wouldn't be closing would it. Fact is, Tesco stores are very much better than the CO-OP's and that is why the Norwich Tesco is taking all the CO-OP's trade. It is almost certain that many more of the town's co-ops will close as the local Tesco'sMorrison'sSainsburys are so very much better stores than the co-op.

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    Gobby

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I use to shop at my local co-op but can longer aford to do so milk 45p more , you have to buy 2loaves of bread to get any where near most supermarkets plus not very clean shops ,I also don't like the way they give my money as a member away to the Labour Party this will not be the last co-op to close in ipswich as the main boys take their trade,

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    pandy

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I suggested that this would happen when I objected to the Planning application for the Tesco. Their reply stated that they wished to "encourage competition in a popular parade of shops". Competition eh? I admit, that Coop isn't very nice, or well stocked. The one on the corner of Bramford Lane & Surbiton Road is MUCH nicer. But still, there's a principle here...

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    Commuter Man

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well Mr Co-Op it would not have come to this if you had, 1. Bothered to repair the fridge by the front door, which fo rthe last year has been leaking causing the whole shop to smell, 2. Had managed the food so as to have a selection rather than just decided as it was a small coop we will just drop complete types of food. 3. When taken over from McCalls had not closed the little post office function. 4. Had some customer care. If every time a MorrisonsTescosSainsburys Local opens you are going to give up the coop will not have many stores left open. I was hopping for some competition, maybe lower prices to keep Tesco honest, but no the Coop of Ipswich gives up or as it has merged so many times the management in far off Midlands gives up, shame on you.

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    The Ginge

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Its simple co-op too expenisive people want to be discounted now not wait a year for the dividend. Not the shoppers its the management of the coop not looking at local peoples needs that area not wealthy. Coop gives impression it expensive. The same reason why the hadleigh store doing badly because simply morrisons better cheaper more choice.

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    Richard Tann

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • COOP are far too expensive in comparison! I would prefer to use the new Tesco as it has customer parking. The Norwich Road COOP is a nightmare to park near especially any time near 'the school run' or later in the evening when residents get home.

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    If you ask me...

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • The moaners so far are clearly unrepresentative, for your poll shows more people (40% at time of writing) prefer the Co-op than any other store. The Co-op dividend is in fact worth having. I have accumulated almost £1000 over the years, which I could withdraw in cash if I wished, but I don't, because - along with others - I own the Co-op, it is my shop. Living in Colchester, I don't know the shop mentioned in the story here, but you cannot judge the whole chain by the performance of one store. It is many years since I bought anything from Tesco, and I will never do so, for that particular company seems determined to drive all competitors out of business. Whatever I can't get at the Co-op, I can buy from independent shops, or Aldi, or Sainsbury's, or Asda.

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    Boris

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I suggested that this would happen when I objected to the Planning application for the Tesco. Their reply stated that they wished to "encourage competition in a popular parade of shops". Competition eh? I admit, that Coop isn't very nice, or well stocked. The one on the corner of Bramford Lane & Surbiton Road is MUCH nicer. But still, there's a principle here...

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    Commuter Man

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Ipswichite

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I use to shop at my local co-op but can longer aford to do so milk 45p more , you have to buy 2loaves of bread to get any where near most supermarkets plus not very clean shops ,I also don't like the way they give my money as a member away to the Labour Party this will not be the last co-op to close in ipswich as the main boys take their trade,

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    pandy

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The co-op is NOT a small local independent. They pretty much was the Tesco of yesteryear. They used to have a monopoly in our neighbourhoods - used to have a 30% market share back in the 1950s (fallen very much since). They own significant land. They are a relatively large chain of shops (3300 across the country) yet the prices are unbelievable! Why so expensive? Greed! Despite so many regional societies, they operate under one brand, very much like a franchise and can use this to have purchasing power to bring costs down. They refused to compete with the supermarkets and now have a 6.4% share because of it. The co-ops ancient values no longer apply and people are favouring Waitrose, a better shopping experience owned by the staff not shareholders. I don't like Tesco either, but shop at Tesco slightly cheaper with a clubcard or co-op with a worthless dividend? Co-op is old, they have rebranded but not moved forward with the times... I will be surprised if they have more than 500 stores in 5 years time. I would be glad to see the back of the co-op.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • "The problem with a lot of the coop shops is that so many things are out of date" - bit like Morrisons main store then - lack of fill, stock close to sellby dates and less and less OEM stock in favour of own branding. Even out of date stock is only marginally reduced. Bring back Solar - as in Felixstowe with a divi.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • so it is tescos fault [ nothing to do with the customers.?]when you come to hadleigh to morrisons to shop try our coop , dear on some items but some good offers

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Could not agree more with comments. Tesco 100% better, but I just wish the Coop had tried to compete rather than giving up. The planning system is not there to keep commercial enterprises ope, you do that by uping your game.

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    The Ginge

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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