Ipswich: Could Morrisons come to the town centre?
09:00 20 February 2013
Supermarket giant Morrisons could open in the town centre in one of two possible locations.
The company has not ruled out the possibility of a small branch of the supermarket opening in the Blockbuster store on the junction of St Matthew’s Street and Berners Street.
And it remains keen to open a large superstore on the Westgate site, formerly the home of the Civic Centre, if Tesco fails in its new bid to get planning permission for a store on Grafton Way next month.
Morrisons announced at the weekend that it was hoping to buy 49 former Blockbuster sites – mainly in southern England – to establish more town centre convenience shops.
A spokeswoman for the company said it had not announced which stores it would be buying – but an announcement would be made shortly.
Paul Clement from Ipswich Central was doubtful about whether the Ipswich Blockbuster store would be on Morrison’s shopping list – it was opposite Tesco and Iceland stores.
However the company is still working with developer Turnstone which is hoping to build a new shopping centre on the site of the former Civic Centre.
A spokesman for the company said: “Morrisons would be the anchor store, but they have made it clear they would not be interested in moving here if there is a new Tesco at Grafton Way.
“We have made that position clear to the borough whose planners will be considering Tesco’s planning application next month.”
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