A planning application has been lodged to redevelop Palmers Homestore in Bury St Edmunds - as the company weighs up options for the future of the store.
The proposals, submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, are to convert the shop and associated offices, in St Andrew’s Street, into eight one-bedroom apartments and a smaller retail unit.
The application’s design and access statement says the remodelling will ‘effectively remove one of the more unattractive buildings in, what must be agreed, is a relatively low quality environment’.
Bruce Sturrock, chairman of Palmers, said there were ‘no immediate plans’ to close the shop. He said the store, which trades across two storeys and has a cafe on the first floor, has ‘suffered’ since the opening of the arc shopping centre.
“Because of that we have to look at different options that are available to us and this is one option that might be available to us.”
Mr Sturrock said the most successful department in the store was the cook shop and it is ‘possible’ it could trade in the smaller retail unit.
He said 20 staff work at the store and they are aware of the situation. Mr Sturrock added that the Palmers Fashion Store, in Butter Market, would remain open.