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Ipswich: Town’s first Waitrose opens its doors at Corn Exchange

10:59 01 February 2012

Ipswich

Ipswich's first Waitrose opens in the town centre with the help of Ben Gummer MP and Waitrose staff members David Cox

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IPSWICH has its first Waitrose supermarket after the new store in the ground floor of the Corn Exchange opened its doors to the public.

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The “Little Waitrose” carries a range of convenience foods and basic groceries – and soon attracted a number of curious shoppers.

And the small store is just the start of the company’s involvement in Ipswich – within a few weeks work is due to start on a huge Waitrose/John Lewis At Home superstore on Ransomes Way.

The store was opened by Ipswich mayor John Le Grys and MP Ben Gummer.

Mr Gummer said: “This is very important for Ipswich. It is an important store in its own right and it is in a very important location – it fits in well with the Corn Exchange.

“But even more than that it shows how the town centre is evolving and it will show to people from outside the town just how much Ipswich is changing. It is a symbol for the changing town centre. It might persuade some of those from outside the town who don’t think there’s much for them here to come and give Ipswich a look!”

The store is open 7am to 9pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 9am to 8pm on Sundays – it is small enough to fall under the restrictions of the Sunday Trading Act.

There are 42 members of staff – or partners as they are described by the company because they all have a shareholding in the business.

Two of these have transferred from other Waitrose stores, but the rest have been recruited locally.

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14 comments

  • “But even more than that it shows how the town centre is evolving and it will show to people from outside the town just how much Ipswich is changing. It is a symbol for the changing town centre. Oh Mr Gummer..Take your Blinkers off please..How is one very small 'little Waitrose' going to attract people from outside of the town please enlighten us all!!!

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    Shed Kev

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • But even more than that it shows how the town centre is evolving and it will show to people from outside the town just how much Ipswich is changing. It is a symbol for the changing town centre. Thats one bold statement Mr Gummer,,How can one very small convenience store show how much the town is changing.. Don't make me laugh.

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    Shed Kev

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Any jobs are welcome with the utter mess George Osborne has made of the economy but supermarkets jobs are not going to boost Ipswich. Instead of getting his picture in the paper at every available opportunity Ben Gummer should be trying to attract high quality, skilled jobs to the town. Ipswich is a low skill, low wage town and if it is to fulfill its potential it needs better jobs!

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    Ipswich Red

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Ipswich finally catching up.

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Is this the best Mr.Gummer can come up with?. A little corner store and he says it will show people from outside the town just how much Ipswich is changing.What a laugh.

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    TOBY P.

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • Yes its only a supermarket but its a Waitrose..., like the difference between Dairy milk and a bar of Willie Harcourt Cooze cacao, nuff said lol.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Nigel - It might be "only a supermarket" but for 42 members of staff it is a job with a very good employer. It also makes a change for a shop to open in Ipswich instead of closing, that is surely something celebrate.So in fact it is much more than "only a supermarket"

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    spike martin

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Rt Hon Ben Gummer is lucky he can afford to shop at Waitrose... it's Aldi, Lidl etc for the rest of us... I don't remember any such "fanfair" or "grand opening" for those type of stores within the town...

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    Chris Ward

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • LOL what a joke ! It is a small convenience store , one of many in Ipswich .. the coverage that the EADP has given to this Little Waitrose over the last few months is laughable , anyone would think that that something significant has opened and it will be the saviour of the town centre , does Mr G really think that shoppers will come into Ipswich to shop at a convenience store .. why not go to Bury , Sudbury , Colchester or Saxmundham who all have full size , full range branches of Waitrose

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    sgm

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • How on earth can anyone call this corner shop a SUPERMARKET.

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    TOBY P.

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • It's only a supermarket - can we have a bit of perspective here...

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    Nigel Noakes

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • Good it has made some jobs but please don't say it will make people from other places give Ipswich a look. I was born in Ipswich and think there is alot to offer but do not like the way it will become disjointed. The heart of the town should be the priority to encourage shoppers with decent shops rather than charity and pound shops and empty shops. So please don't kid yourselves that this will act as a beacon.

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    spain25

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • A supermarket!!! Sorry, I found it no more than an oversized 'sandwich shop'. Very disappointed in the size. I was expecting it to cover more area than this. There were about 6 'top management staff' in the shop, thus making the floor space less for people to look around, and once inside the door, almost all stock could be seen from there. No Waitrose, not impressed.

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    moaningminnie

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • I think this silly little convenience store is in totally the wrong place. And who the devil would want to shop there at 9.00 P.M. on Sunday evenings.

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    TOBY P.

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

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