August closure date confirmed for Whitehouse B&Q in Ipswich
The B&Q store in Anglia Retail Park, Ipswich, will close its doors for the final time on August 18, it has been announced.
Staff at the store have been informed of the closure date, following the DIY retailer’s announcement in October last year that the store would be one of 60 stores across the country to be axed.
A spokesman from the firm said: “We can confirm that our staff at B&Q Anglia Parkway Ipswich have been told that their store is planned for closure in August. We will endeavour to find alternative positions for as many staff as possible.”
The store employs more than 100 people, although it is not yet clear how many will be kept on.
Sources have suggested that up to 20 could be moved to the store at Ransomes Europark, but as yet no definitive numbers have been announced.
The Anglia Retail Park store is also one of the main hubs for bulk bag deliveries in Suffolk, and while the business stressed that bulk deliveries would still be available, it was not clear which stores these would now come from.
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The spokesman added: “Customers in Ipswich can continue to receive bulk bag deliveries from our distribution hubs. We are unable to comment on employee numbers, as our consultations with our staff will continue until point of store closure. We will endeavour to find alternative positions for as many staff as possible.”
It is understood that a multi-national company that runs leisure activities has expressed an interest in filling some of the units at the ailing retail estate, although no formal planning application has so far been lodged with Ipswich Borough Council.
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