Ipswich: New Iceland and Poundland stores set for Tower Ramparts in April

Iceland and Poundland are moving into Tower Ramparts Iceland and Poundland are moving into Tower Ramparts

Monday, March 10, 2014
5:30 PM

Two new stores are to open in part of the former Littlewoods store at the Tower Ramparts shopping centre.

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New branches of Iceland and Poundland are expected to open next month – both will be new stores, and their existing shops in the town are to remain open.

Iceland is expected to open on the upper ground floor of the centre, in front of the Tower Ramparts bus station, at the end of April once shop-fitting has been complete.

No one from the company was able to make any further comment about the new store – however a spokesman for Tower Ramparts said about 25 new jobs would be created.

Poundland is expected to open underneath that store a few weeks earlier, creating 10 new jobs.

Poundland’s Trading Director Richard Lancaster said: “Poundland has grown significantly over the past 12 months and it’s fantastic to see this expansion continuing with a second store in Ipswich.”

Tower Ramparts manager Mike Sorhaindo said: “Iceland and Poundland opening is the beginning of exciting times ahead!

“The centre is undergoing a lot of change and we are delighted to see these brands joining us. These stores are the start to a real transformation to that end of the shopping centre which has been without a permanent tenant for more than eight years.”

Gavin Ingram, Associate Director at Lasalle Investment Management which operates the centre said: “I am pleased that the new stores will also bring the additional jobs to the town of Ipswich.

“We have had significant interest in the remaining vacant units within the scheme and are looking forward to announcing some new brands for Ipswich in the very near future.”

Paul Clement from Ipswich Central said: “The long running issue with unlocking the potential of this scheme has been the former Littlewoods store which has been vacant for eight years.

“The new owners are to be congratulated for making the bold decision to take the unit back and have now been rewarded by these new retailers. I hope that this now triggers wider spread good news across the Centre.”

34 comments

  • ipswich will never be the same [all the old wise heads which ran the town in the 50s 60s 70s 80s are all gone and never replaced only mostly with idiots.]if the young do not get more than one away holiday they think they are hard done by.life today is too fast and costly.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • There are a great number of hard working people who need these Poundshops. Unlike the people who demand benefits, live rent free, have everything paid for them, smoke and drink everyday and all have iPhones, ipad and big tv's. They can afford with all their spare cash to shop at the better shops whereas normal people who have a job and taxes and a mortgage to pay cannot. How long will it be before there are 50p shops ?.....

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    jack rabbit

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Tower Tramparts, Bittermarket and the new Methadone Quarter - This town just keeps on gving!!!!!

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    Charlie's Angel No1

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Topshop and Boots should do themselves a favour and move out of that dump before it gets completely taken over by scummy cheapo stores. Seriously...how utterly utterly depressing that all Ipswich can muster up are poundshops, GM food stores, cheap nasty carverys, and unbranded clothes stores to fill their empty units. It's the COUNTY TOWN!!! Why is more effort not being put in to make it at least half decent?! And before anyone says if you don't like it, leave, I already have left, but I will always be interested and have an opinion on what is happening with my home town.

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    thankgodileft

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • The problem Mr DJ is not about the "current state", todays "current state" isn't yesterdays "current state". Just because our politically elected leaders cannot take constructive criticism for the greater good of the town, its residents and tourists; isn't much of a reason to keep hush hush. Politicians and councilors rarely listen, but the uproar about the Travel Ipswich scheme had some success of damage limitation, even if very little and much too late. I am not sure what people are doing on the Ipswich Star website reading comments if they find it so annoying, let alone how they feel the articles are of a superior quality to the comments.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Ah Iceland and Poundland, the hallmarks of quality.

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    RC

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Classy,Real Classy!!

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    Shed Kev

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Terence is right it's those pesky youths wanting more than 1 holiday a year that is the root cause to all of Ipswich's problems. Not in my day I tell ya! There was a war on! And we had to live on rations.

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    Liam Dodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Is it really new stores opening? Both Poundland and Iceland are planning to close their existing stores, so despite them still being open, they are effectively relocating. Poundland in Carr Street is in a dead area of town as is Iceland which is in quite an awful location... relocating into the centre of town is a good move. Neither stores could "afford" to run two stores each as it cuts into their margins and wont double their income. Iceland will gain the most as its not a store you would just go in (their current store anyway) unlike a metro store, so unless you shop at Iceland you would avoid it completely, but the new location... I can see people popping in there before they get the bus

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Ipswich Entrepreneur: you didnt read the story right, poundland nor Iceland are closing there other stores .

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • What happened to that golden era that must've existed once,What happened to that golden era that must've existed once? You know, that time when our town centre was full of shops and cafes and the shopping centres were crammed with retail outlets. Upper Orwell Street, Tacket Street, St Matthew's Street - All thriving with independent stores. Empty properties were rare and dirty things that stood out like a sore thumb in the streets of Ipswich for a week or two at a time. They were soon let to another retailer, desperate to move to such a wondrous town filled with people full of positivity and joy - especially when they talked about this - our county town. Ipswich was full, really full, of good shops. Lots of them. Rents were competitive, the council was willing to subsidise business rates and worked closely with landlords to encourage filling vacant properties to create an income for both the town - administered by the council on our elected behalf - and the landlord. Oh, those were the days...

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    Mister Cynical

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Mr DJ is right, move to Norwich where they have 3 Poundland and 2 Iceland stores. Stop whinging

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    m01

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • There is always an element of 'use it or lose it', ipswich has had several independent shops close due to lack of custom, it's all very well people saying they want higher quality shops but if they're not supported when they open they simply aren't sustainable. Sadly in today's economy the cheaper end shops are more popular as normal hard working people try their best to keep their heads above water. This is not just in ipswich but wherever you go.

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    MZH

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Mr DJ well said! A lot of people on here moan to much! granted ipswich down have the shops that some places has, but if you want ipswich to improve moan and picking is not going to achieve it!

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • @marbleov - but IBC don't own the empty shops so how can they other than by renting themselves and sub-letting to community groups but it would cost a small fortune. What's interesting here is the that a number of key empty premises are now starting to fill up - BOTH ends of Tower ramparts will not be anchored by Iceland, Poundland and River Island. Which is certainly better than when they were all sitting empty! When these units open that will leave 10 units empty in tower ramparts, most of them small. But as they say in the article there has been some interest in those units so maybe that number will fall even more...

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    Scott Brock

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • How depressing for Ipswich that the only news about new retail outlets in the town centre is another Iceland and another Poundland.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Norwich has 3 Poundlands, why should Ipswich be the only one that gets criticised? If they are the shops that want to open then that's what you get. Better than it sits empty for 10 more years. At least it will help to draw other stores to the empty units and then the moaning about all the empty shops can stop. Those high end retailers aren't coming to Tower Ramparts - it's not what they're looking for. They'll come to the civic centre site... and if the iceland at St Matthew's should go, maybe that building could be added to the expanded Civic Centre site (IBC own it don't they?) to give it more space and roadside coverage and properly regenerate the area? They should do away with Carr street altogether, turn it into housing and create some "local" shops there and build new houses and a multi-storey on the NCP Carr Park

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    Scott Brock

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Tell us all mr Clement what exactly do you do? If it is about attracting new. quality shops to ipswich then you have failed miserably. If you are paid on the basis of how many empty retail units you can accumulate and the number of pound shops you can entice , then you are in for a big bonus

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    Mel C

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • In reply to Ipswich Entrepreneur, if you are indeed an entrepreneur you will probably know more than me about the economics and business model of these Poundshops. But from what I have heard from other people, the produce sold at these premises are a lot cheaper than elsewhere. In fact many people in this debate seem to be of that opinion. As for my myself I have never had the pleasure or desire to frequent such an establishment.

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    jack rabbit

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Terence is right it's those pesky youths wanting more than 1 holiday a year that is the root cause to all of Ipswich's problems. Not in my day I tell ya! There was a war on! And we had to live on rations.

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    Liam Dodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • @thankgodileft - you it the nail on the head - IT IS THE COUNTY TOWN and yet it gets treated liked dirt by SCC and rest of the county. And FYI Boots isn't actually part of Tower Ramparts although it does have a entrance into the shopping centre it's actually not owned by them.. And what about River island??? ;-)

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    Scott Brock

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Nothing wrong with having a big selection of cheaper shops. Norwich does indeed have plenty too. However Norwich also has, House Of Fraser, Hollister, Apple, Jack Wills, Superdry, Jarrolds, a City Centre John Lewis and many more, that's what Ipswich is missing.

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    Abraham

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Seems a shame that Tower Ramparts, not that long ago - the new Ipswich shopping experience flagship, and so centrally placed, can now only draw a pound shop. I keep waiting for a good enough reason to use my bus pass, and the stop outside my house. Ah well - back to the internet, Bury, Woodbridge and Colchester.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Everyone moaning about the empty shops must have been under a rock for the last few years. Every town now has gaps in its high street cause by the recession. That said, Poundland and Iceland are not the retailers we would like but then Tower Ramparts is never going to attract A grade retailers.

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    Pop-pop

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • As soon as I see mention of Poundland I fully realise why so many Ipswich people travel to Bury, Norwich and Colchester to do their shopping.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Let's be honest the Poundland and Iceland shops have their place and will be found in most towns and they do provide a service. I have a theory that Mr Geater likes to put an article in the Ipswich Star like this every now and then because he's bored and he knows it will bring out all of the usual suspects with their comments. Just a bit of fun!

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • jack, poundland and other single price point retailers are MORE expensive than buying elsewhere. Making comparisons between those on benefits living it up and those who are hard working at the bottom end of the scale being forced to shop at poundland is completely idiotic. I seriously doubt any 50p shops will pop-up as it means very little profit per item sold.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Is it really new stores opening? Both Poundland and Iceland are planning to close their existing stores, so despite them still being open, they are effectively relocating. Poundland in Carr Street is in a dead area of town as is Iceland which is in quite an awful location... relocating into the centre of town is a good move. Neither stores could "afford" to run two stores each as it cuts into their margins and wont double their income. Iceland will gain the most as its not a store you would just go in (their current store anyway) unlike a metro store, so unless you shop at Iceland you would avoid it completely, but the new location... I can see people popping in there before they get the bus

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • The only good thing to take from this is that the poundland store will be out of sight in the dead end of tower ramparts!

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    Chris Church

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Ha ha, very easy to be negative on this one. Is it possible for a layman to get involved with council decisions, i don't understand why IBC don't do as the up and coming areas of London do and offer vacant shopsspaces to the local colleges or individuals free of charge or at nominal cost as pop-up (nice) shops or art spaces. Could someone please name and shame the offending councillors so we know who to pester in order to make some creativepositive decisionsproposals. Thank you.

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    marbleov

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Norwich has 3 Poundlands, why should Ipswich be the only one that gets criticised? If they are the shops that want to open then that's what you get. Better than it sits empty for 10 more years. At least it will help to draw other stores to the empty units and then the moaning about all the empty shops can stop. Those high end retailers aren't coming to Tower Ramparts - it's not what they're looking for. They'll come to the civic centre site... and if the iceland at St Matthew's should go, maybe that building could be added to the expanded Civic Centre site (IBC own it don't they?) to give it more space and roadside coverage and properly regenerate the area? They should do away with Carr street altogether, turn it into housing and create some "local" shops there and build new houses and a multi-storey on the NCP Carr Park

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    Scott Brock

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • if you don't like Ipswich in its current state then move out. Stop bitching and leave. Same old people on here keep talking the same talk. Do you ever read your own comments and realise how boring you sound!

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    Mr DJ

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • And well said Liam. I remember when the closest we got to a holiday was hearing a story about a picture postcard. All we had to eat was thoughts of bread a dripping. Walking 5 miles to school and 8 miles home again .................

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    Pop-pop

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Another 2 reasons to go to Bury or Norwich shopping. Visit Ipswich if you want pound shops, coffee shops or just to see a crumbling scummy town.

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    Jack Scoggis

    Monday, March 10, 2014

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