The closure of a town's B&Q has been branded a "significant loss" by a community leader, but some residents are 'excited' by the possibility of a new retailer moving in. 

The DIY retail giant, which has served a town for more than 12 years, is set to shut its branch in Sudbury on Saturday, July 20 following the expiry of the lease.

Jessie Carter, who represents Sudbury North West on Babergh District Council, said: "The departure of B&Q after many years in Sudbury is indeed a significant loss for the community.

"However, the impending arrival of B&M brings a sense of anticipation for many.

East Anglian Daily Times: Jessie Carter, who represents Sudbury North West on Babergh District CouncilJessie Carter, who represents Sudbury North West on Babergh District Council (Image: Babergh District Council)

"While opinions may vary on the transition, it is essential to acknowledge that change often paves the way for new opportunities and growth."

Last week, a spokesman for B&Q said: "The landlord has secured planning permission to redevelop the site and to occupy the B&Q unit themselves."

Proposals to divide the store and create two commercial units, one of which would be a B&M discount store, were given the go-ahead in 2020.

East Anglian Daily Times: B&Q in Sudbury will close in JulyB&Q in Sudbury will close in July (Image: Newsquest)

Three further retail units were approved for the opposite end of the car park.

Ms Carter said: "The approval of the new store in 2020 has sparked excitement among some residents who are looking forward to exploring the diverse range of products that B&M has to offer.

"Sudbury already boasts a variety of stores, providing residents with a wide selection of goods and services. Despite this, the demand for B&Q products remains high, underlining the need for a suitable replacement or an alternative solution to fulfil this gap.

"The town could benefit greatly from the addition of clothing and shoe stores, addressing the current need for such retail options without requiring residents to travel out of town or rely solely on online shopping." 

Ms Carter added that the "overall low vacancy rate" in commercial spaces in town presents an "encouraging outlook for the town's economic development". 

B&M has been approached for comment.