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Nostalgia: Buttermarket complex still thriving nearly 30 years on

PUBLISHED: 14:42 01 July 2020

Buttermarket Ipswich Picture: GREGG BROWN

Buttermarket Ipswich Picture: GREGG BROWN

It seems hard to believe that it’s 28 years since the opening of the Buttermarket shopping complex in the heart of Ipswich town centre.

The centre cost £65 million to build and boasts four levels of shops Picture: ARCHANTThe centre cost £65 million to build and boasts four levels of shops Picture: ARCHANT

Shops have come and gone over the years and its most recent revamp has seen the addition of an Empire cinema, ten-pin bowling and soft play centre, plus new restaurants.

The centre remains a vital hub for shopping in one of the oldest streets in town where traders have opened their doors daily for hundreds of years.

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When it opened in October 1992 The Buttermarket was a four-level, £65million shopping centre with 270,000 sq ft of space plus a 430-space underground car park on two levels.

When the centre opened in 1992,  Owen Owen and C&A were the anchor stores. However, since then, TK Maxx has taken over the centre role Picture: ARCHANTWhen the centre opened in 1992, Owen Owen and C&A were the anchor stores. However, since then, TK Maxx has taken over the centre role Picture: ARCHANT

Owen Owen and C&A were the flagship stores supported by a large number of smaller outlets, including the much-loved Andy’s Records.

Our gallery shows pictures from the construction phase as well as the opening of the complex. Do they jog any memories for you? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

To order photos, visit www.eadt.co.uk/myphotos24, or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.


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