Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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.

Archant

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

shares

"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.

Related articles

shares

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.

    Report this comment

    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....

    Report this comment

    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

    Report this comment

    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

    Report this comment

    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

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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".

    Report this comment

    Homeofstowe

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Ian Carr, chief executive of Prettys

Regional law firm Prettys has reported a 13% increase in revenue for the year to April 30.

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, presents the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Seafast.

Specialist logistics company Seafast was yesterday presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Ipswich Station hanging baskets Shows (L-R) Jackie Rathbone, Abellio Area Ticket Office Manager; Kris Collins, Thompson & Morgan Comms Officer;  Ric Staines ActivGardens Lead Horticulturist and Trainer,

Stunning floral displays are welcoming passengers at Ipswich, Stowmarket and Diss rail stations this summer thanks to a partnership between local charity ActivLives and train operator Abellio Greater Anglia, with help from Ipswich’s own horticultural company Thompson & Morgan.

Carolyn Fairbairn, who is to become director general of the CBI.

A former member of the Number 10 Policy Unit is to become director general of the CBI.

Spending on drinking and eating out remained robut during May, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report.

Most Britons are planning to holiday in the UK rather than overseas as they continue to monitor their spending carefully, according to a new survey.

Oliver Crichton and Ruth Sunaway of Birketts.

East Anglian law firm Birketts has announced the promotion of five senior associates to partner status across its four offices, including Oliver Crichton and Ruth Sunaway in Ipswich.

Bury St Edmunds coffee company Frank and Earnest is among more than 100 start-up firms to have received support under Menta's Enterprise Engagement Programme.

Bury St Edmunds-based enterprise agency Menta has completed a project to support start-ups during their first year in business.

Lieutenant Aaron Lewis from Rochford, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 and in whose memory the Aaron Lewis Foundation has been established to support llocal and military charities through sporting and social endeavours.

The regional arm of David Wilson Homes has raised £17,000 at a golf day, held at Stoke by Nayland, for a charity set up in memory of a soldier.

The Vivo 80 model for which Sudbury-based Specflue won an award at the Home and Hearth Exhibition Awards.

Sudbury-based chimney and flue supplier Specflue has received an award for excellence in the design, innovation and quality of its products.

Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds

More and more people are visiting Bury St Edmunds, a new survey has revealed, placing the town above others of a similar size.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages