Town centre bosses around the region are watching with concern after department store group Debenhams issued another profits warning and saw its share price slide again.
Proposals to upgrade Arras Square in Ipswich could be put on hold until the town's former BHS store is redeveloped - according to the group which represents town centre businesses.
Fears are growing about the long-term future of Marks and Spencer in Ipswich town centre after it emerged that the company has been looking for a site on the edge of the town to open a new food store.
Suffolk Coastal deputy leader Geoff Holdcroft will retain his role at the council - despite sparking a row after appearing to describe Ipswich as a "cesspit".
Ipswich town centre bosses have welcomed news that former Marks & Spencer chairman Lord Stuart Rose has reportedly praised the Cornhill's new look.