The changing face of Ipswich’s high street – which shops have opened or shut in the last few months?
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There are plenty of changes taking place among the shops in Ipswich’s town centre.
As well as new openings, such as the restaurants in the revamped Buttermarket shopping centre and the arrival of Jack Wills, some places, like the troubled BHS, have closed down.
And among the latter, several premises have yet to reopen as new ventures.
Take a look below to keep track of the comings and goings in Ipswich.
Viyella and Country Casuals, Buttermarket
These two stores are part of the same group, which also includes Austin Reed (of which Ipswich had one as well).
The parent company went into administration shortly after BHS earlier this year and the units they vacated are yet to be filled.
Primark, Westgate Street
Primark has been in Ipswich for some time now, but not as it appears now.
It recently opened up an extension to its premises making it around double the size it used to be.
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Although it has other stores in Ipswich the loss of Next’s shop in the town centre was a blow.
It closed last October and the premises are still available to let a year on.
Granite and Trespass outdoor retailers, Westgate Street
Both of these outdoor stores are right next to each other at the west end of the town centre.
But location isn’t the only thing they share – both are in the middle of closing down sales.
Love Thy Burger, Westgate Street
This used to be Santander bank’s premises but it is now getting a new lease of life as a restaurant.
Love Thy Burger opened its first restaurant in Colchester in March 2015 and has now started serving customers in Ipswich.
Browne’s and The Dress Room, Upper Brook Street
The former family-run clothes shop had a presence in Ipswich for 80 years but closed in August 2015.
Hobbycraft, Martlesham Retail Park
A little further afield this one, but still within easy reach of Ipswich on a day’s shopping.
Hobbycraft’s arrival on Beardmore Park was announced in June this year.