Dunelm set to follow The Range with move into Anglia Retail Park in Ipswich

The Range is moving to the Anglia Retail Park.

The Range is moving to the Anglia Retail Park. - Credit: Staff

Dunelm is the latest firm which is set to move out of Suffolk Retail Park in Ipswich, as plans have been lodged to fill a vacant unit at Anglia Retail Park.

The home furnishing retailer submitted a planning application last month to fill an empty unit on the eastern side of the out-of-town retail park.

The plans come after The Range announced last month it wanted to move out of the often-congested Suffolk Retail Park between Yarmouth Road and London Road into Anglia Retail Park.

Camping store Go Outdoors has also announced its intention to put a store in the Whitehouse-based park, which is viewed favourably by firms for its close access to the A14.

Dunelm’s planning application sets out a request to create a new shopfront and mezzanine floor, and details other locations such as the former Co-op in Carr Street, the former Tesco in Grafton Way and the empty TJ Hughes unit in the Buttermarket as unsuitable.

A retail assessment by Barton Willmore on behalf of Dunelm said the move would have little impact on the town centre, and added: “It has been demonstrated that there are no sequentially preferable sites that are available, suitable and viable for the proposed development, even allowing for flexibility in approach.”

A spokesman from Dunelm declined to comment.