Renovated Buttermarket is a ‘vote of confidence’ for Ipswich as new entrance is revealed
Take a look at the new entrance of the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich.
The renovated entrance has opened at Arras Square as part of a £35million investment by owners Capital and Regional and its partners Drum Property Group.
The new-look centre will feature a number of well known restaurant chains, all with licenced bars.
On Friday, Prezzo opened and Coast to Coast, which is not scheduled to open fully until later in the month, opened for a short while to serve drinks.
Other food outlets scheduled to open include Japanese chain Wagamama, hamburger restaurant Byron and The Cosy Club, which will compliment existing retailers Boots, Holland & Barrett, TK Maxx, New Look, Deesigner Hair Studio and health food store Grape Tree.
Work on the multi-million pound revamp started last year.
The former food court at the centre is being converted into a Pure Gym and work is underway out to fit-out a 12-screen Empire Cinema, which will include several smaller screens that could be used for specialist films or second-run showings.
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Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “It’s another important stage in the restoration of our town centre and I’m so grateful to the developers who have made this happen.
“I think this is an exciting contribution that the Buttermarket is going to give – putting the town centre back where it needs to be. It’s really exciting times for the town.”
Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere, added: “It looks fantastic. It certainly gives a much better entrance to the Buttermarket and it shows what significant investment there has been.
“It’s a real vote of confidence in the town and when the Buttermarket is open fully with its restaurants and the cinema it’s going to transform the early evening economy of Ipswich.
“This is going to make a big difference. I think this could, if it’s as successful as we all hope it will be, will lead to further investment in the town centre.”