Ipswich: Jobs boost as electrical retailer gets permission to open major store in the town

A NEW electrical superstore is set to open in the town later this year after the borough’s planning committee gave the go ahead today.

Essex-based Stellisons Electrical aims to open the doors of its new superstore on Ranelagh Road by October 1.

Company managing director Steve Scogings said the store would be Stellisons’ largest – twice the size of its existing flagship at Chelmsford. His company aims to spend about �750,000 refitting the former car showroom.

“We sell the whole range of electrical goods, from kitchen goods through to entertainment. But we do more than that by selling kitchens and, hopefully, bedrooms from the Ipswich store.” Mr Scogings said his company hoped to be able connect-up homes so people could take advantage of modern technology using wi-fi and broadband technology.

He said: “Modern televisions can be linked into computers so people can download material to play when they want – we want to be able to set up homes to be able to use that technology.”

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The store is expected to create 20 new full-time jobs when it opens, but should create more work for self-employed kitchen and bedroom fitters and other support staff – and could create more jobs if its opening hours expand in the future.

Mr Scogings said: “We see Ipswich as our new flagship store and ultimately would like to have a number of smaller stores in the area as well.

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“Ipswich was especially attractive to us because it is already wired up to new technology so hopefully there will be a good market for us.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer welcomed the news: “This will be the last unit to be filled in Ranelagh Road, and it is very good news that a company like this sees such great potential in Ipswich. It’s great news.”

n Will the new store be good for the town? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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