Jobs boost for Ipswich

A MAJOR job boost will be brought to Ipswich when a new giant electrical store opens in one of the town's shopping centres next year.Dixons xL will move into premises previously used by C&A in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre and will be just one of five of the new-style stores in the UK.

A MAJOR job boost will be brought to Ipswich when a new giant electrical store opens in one of the town's shopping centres next year.

Dixons xL will move into premises previously used by C&A in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre and will be just one of five of the new-style stores in the UK.

The new store, which is set to open its doors by Easter next year, is only available in Cardiff, Birmingham's Bullring, Swansea and Doncaster.

Although Dixons remain tight-lipped about how many jobs the new store will bring into the town the xL stores can be up to ten times the size of normal high street stores.

Colin Roberts, manager of the Buttermarket, said: "The old C&A store is gigantic and even split into two separate stores it still offers 18,000 sq ft to fill.

"We had offers from a few stores but they were not really what we wanted so it was great news when we heard Dixons were interested. I think the fact that we are getting the fifth store of this kind in the country is great news for the town not just the shopping centre."

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The store will open in addition to the existing store in Tavern Street.

A spokeswoman for Dixons said: "We are still in the planning stages but we can say that the store will be a very large one.

"It will have a new look and format and will not look like the existing Dixon stores."

Do you think Ipswich needs a giant electrical store? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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