Ipswich: Consultation over proposal to split B&Q store at Euro Retail Park in two so Morrisons can move in
People are being asked for their views on a proposal by two major retailers to divide a large building in an Ipswich shopping park and create separate stores.
A deal has been struck between B&Q and Morrisons to convert the DIY giant’s current premises at the Euro Retail Park – a move which could create up to 300 jobs.
The plan is for a smaller “new concept” B&Q store and a new Fresh Format Morrisons foodstore. Bosses at B&Q say the move will secure the future of the business in Ipswich while revitalising the retail park.
Andrew McDonnell, divisional director London and East Anglia, B&Q, said: “Our new concept store will include new features to inspire our customers and help them undertake their home improvements.
“Our exciting partnership with Morrisons will safeguard the future of our Ipswich store and our employees.”
The proposal is set to go to a public consultation where people will be able to view the proposal and discuss it with the team behind it.
It is then due to be submitted to planners at Ipswich Borough Council.
Morrisons’ head of acquisitions (south), Helen Rainsford, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop a stunning all-new Fresh Format concept store that will create around 300 additional local job opportunities.
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“We hope for a good turnout at the event, as we are interested to hear what local people think of the proposal. Everyone is welcome to attend.”
There will be two events next week, which will both take place at the Golden Hind in Nacton Road, Ipswich.
The first will be on Thursday, November 14 between 4-8pm and the second on Friday, November 15, from 12.30pm to 5pm.