Poll: Could closure of Mothercare in Bury St Edmunds lead to major revamp of neglected corner of town?

Mothercare in Bury due to close (file photo) Mothercare in Bury due to close (file photo)

Mariam Ghaemi West Suffolk senior reporter mariam.ghaemi@archant.co.uk
Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:30 AM

A further shop closure in one part of Bury St Edmunds town centre is a chance to regenerate that area, a business leader has said.

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Mark Cordell, chief executive of the Ourburystedmunds Business Improvement District (BID) group, said the imminent closure of Mothercare in Brentgovel Street should be turned into a positive.

The established shop will close its doors on Monday, October 20.

There are already a number of large, empty units in that part of the town centre - in the Cornhill at the top of St John’s Street - and the empty Officers Club premises has been high on the agenda for Bury’s Town Team.

Mr Cordell said: “My concern now is the large, vacant units in that part of the town: the Officers Club, what was the YMCA shop and Mothercare, and not just because of that area around the Cornhill, but also as it’s the throughway into St John’s Street.

“I don’t want people being deterred from going into St John’s Street from that part of town. I’m hoping this is a real opportunity for the Town Team and key authorities to get together to come up with a bit of a plan for attracting new tenants.”

He said negotiations are under way about trying to reduce the footprint of Bury’s produce market in that spot to make the area more attractive for future and existing tenants and improve safety.

A St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokesman said: “We are in discussions with the Bury market traders about the potential relocation of some of the stalls in this area to improve the overall look of this part of the Cornhill.”

The desire to tackle empty units in Bury was the impetus for launching the Town Team, which is made of 10 people including representatives from the three tiers of local Government, the market, businesses, the Bury Society and Ourburystedmunds.

Mr Cordell said the street outside the old Officers Club remained “not as attractive as it could be” yet it was a lovely, paved pedestrian area.

“And the Town Team are keen to address that. It’s just getting all the players to sing from the same hymn sheet,” Mr Cordell said. “When Bury is doing so well it’s go to be the right time to attract tenants for these premises.”

5 comments

  • Wait? I thought only Ipswich had empty shops and run down areas? Next you'll be telling me Bury as beggers and street drinkers. What is it they say, what goes up must come down... so is this "amazing" new shopping centre now proving the expense of other areas of the town? Also is the Apex going to lead to the closure to the Theatre Royal now its had its funding cut? What do they say about being too big for your boots?

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    Scott Brock

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • mothercare is going online.... most of its high street stores are closing due to high rents - it's cheaper on an out of town retail park ....mamma's and papas and kiddicare are also closing stores .. this is not a Bury issue ..

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    sgm

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Love the positive spin put out on the closure of Bury's Mothercare. This man should be in politics!

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    Roberta

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Photo is not of Bury St Edmunds Mothercare - excellent understanding of West Suffolk!

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    KINGCHARLES2001

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Bad signage and the area outside pound land and sports direct deter people from visiting St. John's street.

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    Realalelover

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

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