Home Bargains confirmed for Beardmore Park as site shake-up opens door for more stores

The new buildings in Anson Road will be where Wickes and at least one other store will go. Picture:

The new buildings in Anson Road will be where Wickes and at least one other store will go. Picture: JASON NOBLE - Credit: Archant

Home Bargains is the latest store set to join Beardmore Park in Martlesham Heath, as a raft of developments at the popular park have been unearthed.

The new units in Martinsyde, off Beardmore Park, where Home Bargains and Hughes Electrical will be o

The new units in Martinsyde, off Beardmore Park, where Home Bargains and Hughes Electrical will be opening. Picture: JASON NOBLE - Credit: Archant

Two new units are currently being built off Martinsyde, opposite the M&S store.

Planning documents submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council by agents Quod have confirmed that Home Bargains will occupy the first of these units, while Hughes Electrical will be filling the second brand new space.

The existing Hughes Electrical store in Beardmore Park. Picture: JASON NOBLE

The existing Hughes Electrical store in Beardmore Park. Picture: JASON NOBLE - Credit: Archant

The planning documents said: “Heads of terms have now been agreed with Hughes Electrical (who will occupy Unit 2) and Home Bargains (HB) who will occupy Unit 1.”

A spokeswoman from Home Bargains said it was not in a position to offer more details on any Martlesham store, but added: “While we can’t confirm an opening date just yet, we are currently recruiting for certain roles and would encourage those interested to head to our careers website for more information.

Land next to Tesco in Martlesham that is being developed for a drive-through Costa and Wickes. Pictu

Land next to Tesco in Martlesham that is being developed for a drive-through Costa and Wickes. Picture: ARCHANT

“As a result of our constant growth, we’re always looking for new staff across the country.”

But question marks have been raised over what will happen to the existing Hughes store opposite Next.

The newly proposed site for the Aldi supermarket in Martlesham Heath. Picture: ARCHANT

The newly proposed site for the Aldi supermarket in Martlesham Heath. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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A variation of condition application submitted in July this year was approved last month, which means that the current Hughes unit could be split into two stores.

It is understood Boots has expressed an interest in one unit if the building is sub-divided.

Hobbycraft has already joined Beardmore Park in the last year. Picture: JASON NOBLE

Hobbycraft has already joined Beardmore Park in the last year. Picture: JASON NOBLE - Credit: Archant

A spokesman from Indigo Planning, which lodged the application to split the unit was unavailable for comment.

The news comes amid a raft of developments at Beardmore Park, which includes a drive-through Costa and a Wickes store being built off Anson Road next to Tesco, with at least one other restaurant or retailer on that site still to be confirmed.

Further development is also being planned for the other side of Kingpin, where Aldi is hoping to create a store on ground currently unused.

An email update issued by the retailer said that planners were progressing with the Adastral Park development, after which the Aldi plans could be decided.

The update said it is hopeful the plans would go before Suffolk Coastal’s planning committee in November or December, with Aldi re-iterating its commitment for a Martlesham store.

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