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Ipswich: Former Co-op supermarket reopens as new funeral office

12:40 21 April 2014

The new Co-op Funeral Services in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

The new Co-op Funeral Services in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

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A Co-op supermarket that closed last month in the face of competition from a new Tesco that opened a few feet away from it has been converted into a new office for the company’s funeral service.

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And the office, on Norwich Road, is due to have a chapel of rest dedicated in the near future.

The supermarket closed last month after its trade was hit by the opening of a new Tesco address store in the former Emperor Pub just before Christmas.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Co-op said the office was an addition to its existing funeral service – it would not replace existing offices in the town.

Staff had been transferred to the office from other locations – its opening had not immediately created any new jobs.

The new office is only a short distance away from another funeral directors’ – Hunnabell is based in an office next to the new Tesco Express store.

The conversion of the former pub into a small supermarket had prompted fears that it could threaten the viability of other stores in the local centre in Norwich Road – however the Co-op supermarket is the only building to have seen a change of use.

The conversion was controversial, but did not require planning permission in itself. However the borough did need to approve an extension which was needed to make it viable as a new supermarket before it was opened by the retail giant in early December after a five-month conversion programme at the site.

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17 comments

  • How on earth did this get past the committee?What do they hope to achieve by driving a local business out of business? Surely there must have been better applications than this?Who authorised this?

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    JC

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • nice wheelchair ramp for those getting near to needing a coffin , fish and chips for the last supper. [perfect]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • "My Comment is this.." thank you. makes sense a better location etc although it was what really began their major problems with that acquisition.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • So the Co-Op closes because of another food store opening up almost next door, so what do they do, open a business exactly the same as one almost next door!

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    CleverReporting

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • So the 'growth' industry in gt britain is dying ?

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • You won't get any 'divy' once you've popped yer cloggs !!

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • "...How can they possibly allow two funeral directors within three or four doors of each other?" Just the same as they allowed Tesco to move in next to the Coop, and elsewhere, endless gambling establishments in the same streets whilst loan sharks have a field day! All short term gain toadying.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • This just confirms that IBC town planning don't know what they are doing. How can they possibly allow two funeral directors within three or four doors of each other?

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    Billy Knowbend

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Ipswich entrepreneur . The bank has been relocated to queen street which was the Britannia. Bigger, refurbished and very open for business.....

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    My Comment is this..

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • You have to ask your self both locally and nationally why the Coop is failing and the answer is horrendous managerial appointments. The company has some excellent employees, but it is so mismanaged you wouldn't believe.........or more likely you would. I'm not sure how it has survived this long.

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    england1770

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • A very 'current' business statement by the East of England Co-op, in line with national strategy. Our local Co-op foodstore has been preparing customers for such a move for the last ten years... creating an atmosphere of decay, which had previously confused me. I'll buy my evening nibbles elsewhere for a while though... in case they are now looking for new business more actively than they usually do.

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    Stephen Porter

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Having dealt with the Co-Op with the passing of dear father in 2012 via their offices in St Helens Street, I would advise that their "modern" look is completely wrong. As someone earlier posted it looks like the front window of a supermarket or, I would add, an estate agent. Bereaved families look for and expect privacy, dignity and comfort in their darkness hours. I would suggest that these Norwich Road premises do not fit the bill on all counts.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I wonder how much trade the chip shop will lose.. and how much the coop will gain... The funeral shop has clearly been done on the cheap, the style doesn't match the building, the windows are too shiny so will make it difficult to read the content within the window display, not liking the EoE coop logo and the brick wall is pathetic (even more so when it was the food place). No mention Ipswich Star about the co-op bank in town... is it relocating elsewhere or is it withdrawing from the town completely?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • If the East of England Co-op had updated their foodstore to the same standard then perhaps it wouldn't have lost trade to the new Tesco. Most of the local Co-op's are looking dated and tired and need updating and people will stop using them when a newer fresher store opens nearby. I'm glad however that they have retained the premises and think the look of the new funeral parlour is contemporary and inspired.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Nice to have a chip shop next door though. You can pop in the chippy then next door when you have had your chips.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • done cheaply ,typical co-op

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    barry chark

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • From this picture it looks like a supermarket. Awful.

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    Alex Prowse

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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