Could ‘much-loved’ Colchester Jacks building reopen its doors?

The Jacks store in St Nicholas Street, Colchester. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The Jacks store in St Nicholas Street, Colchester. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Essex County Council are set to discuss the reopening of the iconic Jacks building later this month.

The cabinet will consider plans to bring back the much-loved historic building at 5-6 St Nicholas Street in Colchester as part of a town centre revival, which includes the opening of the Curzon cinema and revamping The George Hotel.

“Jack’s is an important part of the character and history of Colchester’s town centre,” said councillor Paul Smith.

“It is a very important building, cherished by many residents.”

Jacks shut its doors in 2013, after 68 years of business.


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For 35 of those years, it was owned by Dave Williams and was known for providing unique items, such as camping and winter gear that was not available in chain stores.

Speaking at the time of the closure, Mr Smith suggested the building would be best suited for more housing, but now suggests it could bring jobs to Colchester. It will be discussed January 31.

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