Town bucks the national trend

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THE future of investment and business in most parts of the UK may be gloomy, but Stowmarket seems to be bucking the national trend.

A new leading supermarket has opened in the town and a number of exciting ongoing projects and developments are moving forwards.

Morrison’s, in Sheringham Court, opened its doors on Monday, bringing 200 new jobs to the area.

Dave Benham, regeneration manager at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “When everybody is talking about how depressing things are, how the country is struggling and this double dip recession, Stowmarket has managed to open a new supermarket. And it’s doing really well.

“It achieved more than expected on the first day and is bringing more people into the town.

“They [Morrison’s] are delighted and it’s going really well.”

And the new supermarket isn’t the only project in Stowmarket creating a buzz.

Construction has begun to convert a previously empty building on the high street into a new £1.2 million Wetherspoons pub.

Despite a slow retail market, Mid Suffolk District Council is still pushing forwards with the planned regeneration of Ipswich Street.

Work at the site for a new state-of-the-art £5 million youth centre, called The Mix, has begun. The centre plans to open next year.

The second phase of work at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts is also under way as the team prepare for a reopening on November 19. They will also be unveiling the new artist commissioned stained glass windows.

And a £2.8 million Lottery funded project at the Museum of East Anglian Life to refurbish Abbots Hall is also ongoing.

Dave Benham said: “Stowmarket seems to be bucking the trend.

“Things seem to be going on in Stowmarket when everybody is talking down the economy.”