Trespass store avoids 'retail crisis' and is set to remain open
PUBLISHED: 15:10 08 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:48 08 December 2019
There were fears that yet another retail unit could be left empty as outdoor chain Trespass announced it was exiting Ipswich town centre - but now the store has been given a reprieve.
Just last month the national chain said they would be closing their Westgate Street on December 6 and started slashing prices to clear stock.
However, the store has revealed it will not be closing after all, with staff members explaining the company had renegotiated an extension on its lease.
Boards have gone up outside telling customers the store is here to stay.
Ipswich has been hit with a spate of store closures in the last few months, with stores blaming the rise of internet shopping, changing leisure habits and rising rent costs for their struggles.
In recent weeks Argos has closed its Carr Street store and a new concession has been created within the Sainsbury's store in Upper Brook Street.
The unit remains empty.
The neighbouring former Superdrug store also remains closed after the chain amalgamated their two stores into one central unit.
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Peacocks has been advertising a long-term closing down sale following a dispute over rent and Dorothy Perkins and Burtons are closing in the new year.
However, this unit has already been let to Deichmann shoes.
Further out, Toys R Us remains boarded up at Copdock and Mothercare will soon be closing.
Terry Hunt, chairman of Ipswich Vision, said we need to find alternative ways of drawing potential shoppers into the town centre.
He said: "We all know there is a retail crisis going on in the high street, and Ipswich is not immune. No one wants to see shops closing but it's an inevitable reality.
"Empty shops and white-washed windows are not sending a positive message. We're doing everything we can to prevent that.
"The Elmer trail brought people back into Ipswich, with everyone going away having had a good experience. We're trying to attract people for reasons other than retail."
Trespass have been contacted for comment.