SCORES of new jobs for greater Ipswich are on the way as one of Britain’s top retail names is set to develop a huge new store.

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Next has bought the former Focus DIY unit in Beardmore Retail Park, Martlesham, and will turn it into an out-of-town department store selling clothes, home furnishings, a garden centre, and a conservatory showroom.

This means well over 1,000 new jobs are set to be created in the greater Ipswich area in the next year-and-a-half thanks to upcoming developments including a new John Lewis/Waitrose in Nacton Road.

It comes as fashion retailer Matalan has reportedly revealing plans for a store on Orwell Retail Park, creating around another 100 jobs.

Meanwhile, Next has also applied to Suffolk Coastal District Council for planning permission to include a Starbucks coffee shop in their new development.

A spokeswoman for the company said the Martlesham branch was expected to open in June – and would be similar to a new conceptstore that was trialed at Shoreham in West Sussex last year.

The company could not put a figure on the number of jobs that would be created here, but said the Shoreham store employs 250 people.

The store at Martlesham will be slightly smaller than that on the south coast – 40,000 square feet rather than 56,000 square feet – but it is expected to create scores of new jobs.

The spokeswoman said the new store at Martlesham would not affect Next’s store in Ipswich town centre nor its Home store at the Sandlings retail park.

Paul Clement from Ipswich Central, which manages the development of the town centre, said he was not concerned to hear the news.

“Next have two very different types of stores – they are represented on high streets and on retail parks. I don’t think this will affect their presence in the town centre, ” he said.

Next have recently been investing in their store in Westgate Street – bringing in a new air conditioning plant.

Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey said the investment would be good for the local economy.

She said: “Not only will Next bring welcome jobs, but they also have a very strong apprenticeship scheme – it is important that retailers give their staff good training.

“And it is also good that a high-quality retailer is keen to invest in the area. Coupled with the John Lewis development on the edge of Ipswich, there will be more high-quality retailing in the area.

“That makes the area much more attractive to people moving into the area to take up well-paid jobs. There is a great quality of life in Suffolk, but people want top retail names as well, and this will mean there are more of them in this part of the world.”

The Next development is another major new jobs boost for the area – and will mean that well over 1,000 new jobs will be created in retailing in the Ipswich area over the next 18 months.

21 comments

  • Woo hoo! lets get those jobs out there, looking forward to it!!

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    Jep70

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • How many people have complained that the town is too busy, lack of parking, over crowded buses.Not only is this adding to the economy, helping people of ipswich suffolk back to work. All those shoppers who are dissapointed when they go to Next and find out they havent got something in stock, now have another chance to find it. I wish people would stop being so pesimistic.

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    Rob Dixon

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • watching it go down - if you'd read the article properly you would have understood they said 1000 jobs between this and the new John lewis store

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • At least felixstowe port will be busy as more stuff from china arrives to fill up the shelfs.

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    david hoare

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Ipswich Man - If they had wanted a department store they would have taken it, they don't want a department store they want a retail outlet...

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • To all the moaners, this application is outside of the boroough of Ipswich, so whether they (the council) think its a good thing or not, they have absolutely no say so in it. These Next superstores exist in other places and I'm sure they don't have a detrimental effect. You have to differentiate the style of shopping and the demand... out of town shopping appeals to certain types of shoppers making certain types of purchases - generally bulk where they need a car. Town shopping is and should be more experiential... more changes to see and find, touch, interact, meet and socialise with friends and so on. its a big differentiator and if Ipswich catches in to that it will be fine... oh wait, if you read the town centre plan they HAVE picked up on that... A variety of stores in and out of town will help keep it vibrant. Next in town wont close, it'll do healthy business ... what about passing and lunch trade? post work? No one's gonna pop out to martlesham when they are already in town...

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Well here is another reason why people won't visit Ipswich. Another out of town store and Ipswich Boro Council still continue to make it harder to get into the town as Fred Flinstone highlights. When will they learn ? I feel sorry for the Retailers in Ipswich Town Centre with such a bunch of incompetents in charge of the Town.

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • As a retired "out of towner" I am looking forward to the Martlesham Next store, as I will not have to drive into the centre. I used to use the Park & Ride but stopped when they started charging. Ipswich town centre has lost out as a result.

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    Midasi

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Reading through these comments it seems the only person likely to be pleased by this plan is the lovely Mrs Plod, and that's because she can go and spend more of my hard-earned on stuff we don't need!

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Here we go again, yet another out of town shopping destination, selling a lot of the stuff we used to go to Ipswich town centre for. How can it not have a negative effect on the town centres if its selling clothes?

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    mmm

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • According to SCDC's website planning permission has not yet been given for this development. I assume this article is a result of a press release by Next which is designed to help the planning committee make up its mind.

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    Mousemat

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • I doubt a big store like Next would interested in the old TJ Hughes shop, the footfall is too low and the Buttermarket is like a ghost town nowadays.

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    screen_name

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • 1000 jobs hmmmmmmm we will see about that...... i very much doubt they will have that many as they barely seem to have 50 in the town and home one

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    watching it go down the pan

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Ipswich Man - If they had wanted a department store they would have taken it, they don't want a department store they want a retail outlet...

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Simon , you need to take a reality check. 33,000 football fans clogging up the town? 1. Portman Road holds 30,000 max 2. Today , just over 16000 attended hardly clogging up the town is it

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    Abraham

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Having all these top brand stores open out-of-town branches in Ipswich is fantastic news for many reasons: 1) It will create much needed jobs 2) It will give elderly and disabled people easier access 3) It will add to range of products already available in town centre and other stores giving shoppers a wider choice 4) It will stop Ipswich from falling behind many other towns and cities who already have such stores 5) Shopping will still be possible when 33,000 football fans decide to block up our town centre and road system most Saturday's!!!!!! Fantastic news to start of the new year!

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    Simon Carter

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Why oh why do we have to have another out of town store. Most people have cars but some do not have transport to these areas. The town is like a ghost town now, why not put some of these retailers in these empty stores. The old Co Op store, Littlewoods and T J Hughes are just three empty places in the town that need to be filled. Please bring more shops into the town and bring down parking prices and rents.

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    moaningminnie

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • Ipswich Man, who exactly should have given them a deal on the TJ Hughes store? The council? They don't own it. The landlord? They aren't interested in lower rents. As Scott Brock says, if they wanted a large store in town they could have had one. They didn't. Don't you think that if they had opened in town, the existing store would definitely have shut? So you would still have an empty, albeit smaller, unit in the town centre.

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    Mike Crotchley

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Town will be even less busy. Should of given them a deal for the old TJ Hughes Store.

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    Ipswich Man

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • This is good news as the town centre is a cesspit. It will detract the shop lifters and scum that go into town and only genuine shoppers with money will go there. It will attract a much needed better clientelle

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    the opinion man

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

  • The Next in town will probably close in a few years once the out of town one is established. Even if it doesn’t , there will be a knock on effect of less people going into the town centre. Why are the likes of John Lewis and Next developing out of town? Because the council road planners are coming up with ridiculous suggestions as detailed here http:www.ipswichtransport21c.co.ukexhibition-and-plans that with further ruin access to the town centre for cars hence driving away people and key high street retailers.

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    FredFlintstone

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

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