The discount retailers dominating Suffolk’s ex-Woolworths sites

Graham Soult

Retail consultant, writer, blogger; helping retailers via CannyInsights.com and CannySites.com. Say hello on Twitter at @soult!

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5 Responses

  1. Stephen says:

    The rear view of Woolis in Ipswich brings back memories .. above the dark blue band of windows was a fantastic 1960’s woolworths logo .. gold and red and right across the rear of the store !

  2. Steve Hack says:

    Good to see that the Bury St Edmunds Woolies site is now occupied, although given its size i’m not surprised the unit has been divided up. I agree that the Arc feels souless, it’s very much an identikit shopping centre that doesn’t add much character to the town other than additional retail space.

  3. Graham Soult says:

    I did enjoy it, thanks! I certainly won’t leave it another 38 years before the next visit :)

  4. Stephen says:

    Welcome to Suffolk ! Ipswich is seen locally as a town that can’t make up its mind as to what it is / wants to be .. very much at the discount end of the market and hit by empty shops after mas market admins ….. Bury is more upmarket – lots of independents plus big names like H&M , Swaroski , l’occitane , two waterstones etc plus a big market … the smaller towns serve very much local catchments – Sudbury , Stowmarket , Lowestoft & Newmarket all have huge out of town superstores that are threatening their local town centres … overall though retail holds up well in the county , as we are well away from the big cities ….. hope you enjoyed your trip !

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