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Felixstowe: New superstore could attract people to shop in town centre

16:22 04 October 2012

The site proposed for a new superstore at Felixstowe - land from the Garrison Lane railway bridge, behind homes in High Road West and leading down to the town

The site proposed for a new superstore at Felixstowe - land from the Garrison Lane railway bridge, behind homes in High Road West and leading down to the town's station.

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TRADERS are hoping a new superstore at Felixstowe’s railway station site will help bring more people to shop in the town centre.

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"I think we have enough supermarkets as it stands in Felixstrowe – however, I would much prefer to see this area of land near the railway station developed than the site Tesco propose at Walton Green."

Andrew Rowdon, chairman of Felixstowe Chamber of Trade

Developers Albourne Property plc have announced a project for a huge supermarket on land between Garrison Lane rail bridge, the rear of properties in High Road West and the town’s rail line – an overgrown area of former sidings at the railway station.

No supermarket chain has been signed up for the scheme as yet – though the developers say there is “strong interest” from several.

Andrew Rowdon, chairman of Felixstowe Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said chamber members were waiting to see the full details of the scheme.

“I think we have enough supermarkets as it stands in Felixstrowe – however, I would much prefer to see this area of land near the railway station developed than the site Tesco propose at Walton Green,” he said.

“I think if there are businesses prepared to invest in Felixstowe that can only be a good thing and whoever takes on this store, if it is approved and built, should encourage people to park a little longer in their car parking facilities and invite them to explore the rest of the town centre.

“I have nothing against Tesco per se but to have a shop within the town would stop people going out of the town, which the Tesco proposal is likely to do, and keep business in the town centre.”

Tesco is still pursuing its project for Walton Green as part of a development with business units, community facilities, and 170 homes on a 30-acre field in Walton High Street.

■ An exhibition displaying the proposed development at the railway station site will be held at the Waverley Hotel, Wolsey Gardens, Felixstowe, on Friday from 3pm to 8.30pm and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

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9 comments

  • QUOTE "Felixstowe: New superstore could attract people to shop in town centre" ...It would take more than a new supermarket to make people shop on the town centre because its awful.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Totally agree with Homeofstowe, more than happy to let these Companies invest in the town and hopefully bring some retail inspiration and competition with them. However one concern I do have, as someone who tries to use the train whenever I can, is will station car parking be provided? Solar scuppered it with their "Grab peoples money" charging scheme in the car park, which has left a tiny not so secure road alongside the station, or surrounding streets (not very fair on residents). This was all railway land at one point yet developers are grabbing every inch leaving the station as an almost inaccessible island in the middle - with no dedicated car parking. Integrated transport? I think not....

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    Weary Traveller

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • needs more then a super store in this town , i bet free money would not even make this place popular

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • great,at long last some half decent supermarkets.lets hope food (KFC),entertainment and nightlife are addressed next!the anti Tesco zombies are going to have to change their signs,wonder how they'l try to hinder and sabotage Felixstowe next lol

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    2nzy

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • What a great idea hope it can be built lets see how long until some people try to stop this. This town is rubbish any way and is like a ghost town and needs loads of approvement. We do need some big shops in this town as in clothing for all ages

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    Antony Perkins

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I wonder how many people including Mr. Rowdon would want this big superstore if it was being built at the end of their back garden.

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    Alan Smith

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • How may supermarkets do they want built in Felixstowe. They already wantt to build a new tesco we don't need now there are another company wanting to build another. If they both go thought and are built Felixstowe are going to be know for only supermarkets and charitiy shops.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I heard about this some months back as people I know were approached about selling their houses in High Road West (for a pretty penny - I must add) to be knocked down to make an entrance. If it's the same supermarket chain as above then god help Felixstowe Town Centre as there will be no need to walk down there for anything. Furthermore it might help to sort out the seriously overpriced Co-Op stores and with the Tesco soon being built, help us hard-up ones shop in our own town for affordable goods. Lets hope Asd.. ahem , the supermarket in question go ahead with this asap.

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    Dave Martin

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • This is going to be an interesting one for the anti-Tesco (or other supermarket) in Trimley lot to argue without it looking like 'not in my back garden' rather than constructive arguments. If Tesco want to build, let them build and let the shoppers vote with their feet. If someone else wants to build by the railway station then let them. Let us townsfolk have the choice we want and are more than capable of demonstrating if needs be. If I shop at Solar I don't then wonder through town for a browse, people won't come to Felixstowe for our brand new supermarkets and then browse other shops as those people would be travelling from towns that already have a supermarket!!! We have all we want and need here, but if large corporations want to invest in the town then I say "let them".

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    Homeofstowe

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

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