Business boost for Woodbridge

SHOPS and businesses in Woodbridge are today celebrating a huge boost to business with the re-launch of the town's biggest supermarket.Budgens in the Turban centre is to undergo a £1.

SHOPS and businesses in Woodbridge are today celebrating a huge boost to business with the re-launch of the town's biggest supermarket.

Budgens in the Turban centre is to undergo a £1.2m makeover which store bosses claim will leave the shop "unrecognisable from its current state."

The building itself will not be expanded but a reshuffle of floor space will result in the addition of a bakery, and an improved post office and deli counter.

Woodbridge town centre manager Marion Wells was delighted with the news.

She said: "This is excellent news for the town. It will help to keep people in the town, meaning they will be using all the other shops and services as well."

The car park next to the store will also be resurfaced.

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Budgens is the largest supermarket in Woodbridge and many shoppers currently travel out of the town to use the bigger stores at Martlesham and on the edge of Ipswich.

Store manager, Sean Casey, said: "It is going to be a complete refit. Everything that is inside at the moment will be gone.

"There will be a 20pc increase in turnover which is also going to mean the creation of new jobs."

As yet the precise number of jobs that will be created is unknown but workers will be needed for the expanded post office and bakery.

Store bosses are still deciding whether to tackle the redevelopment in stages or to close the store completely and carry out all the work at once.

Work will begin in January and is due to be completed by early Spring 2004.

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