New TK Maxx and HomeSense stores for Martlesham Heath could generate 70 jobs

A computer-generated image of the proposed TK Maxx store submitted for Beardmore Park at Martlesham

A computer-generated image of the proposed TK Maxx store submitted for Beardmore Park at Martlesham Heath. - Credit: Archant

Two stores are set to be built at Martlesham Heath with the promise of 70 new jobs.

The development at Beardmore Park will provide a large unit for clothing company TK Maxx and homeware firm HomeSense with a smaller shop for Lings Garden.

The scheme – put forward by LondonMetric Saturn Ltd, owners of Martlesham Heath Retail Park – will involve demolition of a terrace of three units occupied by Conway Pine, Topps Tiles and Lings Garden, leaving Seapets, Brantano and M&S Simply Food. Lings will take over one of the new stores.

The TK Maxx and HomeSense store, according to a report submitted to Suffolk Coastal council, will be expected to have a turnover of around £8.27million a year.

Archtects RGP said: “Martlesham Heath Retail Park was built in the 1980s and is of a somewhat dated semi-industrial design, with low pitched overhanging metal roofs above buff brick walls.

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“The amount of shopfront glazing is very limited by modern standards and gives the development a rather dead atmosphere.

“This is particularly highlighted by the Next store – located on the opposite side of Beardmore Park – which has extensive double-height shopfronts.

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“The site is at a lower level than the road and this, combined with the low height of the building and its unimposing design, means that a less than beckoning image is presented.”

The units will be around 2,300sq m, including a mezzanine floor, about 30% larger than current.

In a retail analysis of the proposals, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, working for the site owners, said the impact upon the vitality and viability of other retail centres would be very limited.

It said: “As such, the proposals would not have any adverse impact upon the health of Woodbridge or Felixstowe town centres, Ipswich town centre, or a negative impact upon any planned investment within the centres.

“The solus impact upon the total retail turnover of Woodbridge town centre (both convenience and comparison turnover) is forecast at just 0.83%.

“The employment generation will have a positive economic effect locally in terms of increased levels of available spending in the local area, thus indirectly creating additional jobs and uplift in income tax receipts.”

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