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Ipswich: Sainsbury’s set to take over Golden Key

09:21 16 January 2013

The Golden Key Pub in Ipswich.

The Golden Key Pub in Ipswich.

RETAIL giant Sainsbury’s is set to take on the new supermarket being created on the site of the Golden Key pub in Woodbridge Road, the Star can reveal today.

Pub owners Greene King applied for permission to build an extension to the building to turn it into a supermarket in 2011.

The application was eventually rejected by Ipswich council planners – but was allowed on appeal last summer.

Greene King has never said which supermarket chain was interested in the site but now Sainsbury’s has confirmed it is planning to open the store later in the year.

A spokesman for the company said: “We can confirm our plans to open a Sainsbury’s Local on the site of the Golden Key in Ipswich, following Greene King’s decision to close the pub.

“This will provide a fresh food and convenience offer in a convenient location and create new job opportunities for the community. The new shop will give local residents increased choice and value and allow them to top up their food shopping locally.”

Initially protesters had feared the new store it could be Tesco – then Marks and Spencer was understood to be interested.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said the change would not be welcomed by the local community.

He said: “We are looking at the loss of another community pub and there are some independent stores nearby which could be threatened by a new Sainsbury’s.

“The council did what it could to stop the closure, but our decision was overturned on appeal – there is nothing more that could be done.”

The store is expected to open during the summer, just as its arch-rival Tesco is preparing to open a new store on the site of the Emperor pub in Norwich Road on the other side of the town.

Will you use the new supermarkets being created in pubs? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • Here here Beerlover. The council most certainly did not 'do what it could' to stop the redevelopment. Rather than provide evidence counteracting the spurious claims made by Greene King, they stuck their head in the sand and just kept repeating 'no'. Unsurprisingly, the Planning Inspector used the evidence available, and supported Greene King. and at the same time was rather forceful in describing the IBC Planning Committee as 'unprofessional', and awarding all appeal costs to Greene King. Perhaps Archant could find out how much those costs were?

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    Erm, Why?

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • At least it's a bit more classy than Tesco.

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    RC

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Sadly more and more pubs in Ipswich are now being converted into supermarkets. Don't forget that the Three Jolly Sailors in Handford rd was also demolished just before Christmas in favour of a new Co-Op store - so they are now all guilty of this practice. sadly few people bother to complain because many pubs have been run down and closed for some time before being demolished; BUT this is not the case with either the Golden Key or the Emperor which are both still trading and have attracted considerable local support; AND both could still provide many more years of further trade. Pub owners, Greene King & Punch Taverns, are just cashing in on a popular current property developers trend. But sadly once they have been closed and demolished the local community will have lost jobs and another communal facility and the pub will be gone for ever condemning more people to drinking at home. I won't be shopping in any local supermarket that replaces a local pub and would urge others to do the same - that already includes the Aldi in Meredith rd, Lidl in Handford rd, the Tescos in Nacton rd and the Asda in Stoke Park Drive. Some may laugh but if more did the same we may have fewer such conversions in the future.

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    save your local

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Isn't it time you stopped repeating the supermarkets' lie about "creating jobs"? The shop will certainly employ people, but as every job at a supermarket destroys five other jobs locally, it's most certainly not "creating" jobs.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Make you laugh, you and 100's of others sign a petition to say no to a supermarket but one still opens. What was this big push on "local-ism" all about if it doesn't work. I just hope the local shops survive it would be a shame to lose the butchers and green grousers among others.

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    mr_tall

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I live practically opposite, and this is great news! Cheaper goods and perhaps a wider variety of products than the local shops currently offer. Looking forward to it immensely, will definitley be frequenting the new store.

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    Jake Cornish

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

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