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New store for Stowmarket

PUBLISHED: 23:00 31 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

A LARGE new store from a high street chain creating up to 25 jobs could be coming to Stowmarket.

According to plans lodged with Mid Suffolk Council this week, a new 1,000 square metre food store with 120 car parking spaces and a new access is planned for the former Willowcroft Service Station site on Bury Road,

The owners of the site, however, are keeping its name under wraps as final negotiations with the "household" chain willing to take over the site are hammered out.

A LARGE new store from a high street chain creating up to 25 jobs could be coming to Stowmarket.

According to plans lodged with Mid Suffolk Council this week, a new 1,000 square metre food store with 120 car parking spaces and a new access is planned for the former Willowcroft Service Station site on Bury Road,

The owners of the site, however, are keeping its name under wraps as final negotiations with the "household" chain willing to take over the site are hammered out.

Developers Petrol Hypermarkets, who specialise in converting ex-filling stations into roadside commercial retail property, bought the site this summer after it had been left in a disused state for three years.

From the company's Essex base in Epping, Gerald Penn told the Star the proposed store should provide up to 15 full-time jobs and 10 part-time jobs.

The draft sent to Mid Suffolk Council planners this week include a new junction on Bury Road governed by traffic lights.

Mr Penn said the name of the store would be known "before too long": "It will come out in all probability during the planning process," he said.

He added that his company was forced to diversify with regard to the type of development they pitch to interested parties due to the advent multi-purpose superstores that sparked a downturn in demand for individual filling stations.

"The site is on the fringe of the shopping area of the town but we think it would be suited to food retail," added Mr Penn.

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