White Stuff is planning pre-Christmas opening in Bury St Edmunds

White Stuff is moving into Thing-Me-Bobs

White Stuff is moving into Thing-Me-Bobs

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A new shop offering quality clothing for men and women is to open in Bury St Edmunds.

Fashion and lifestyle retailer White Stuff is moving into the unit in Abbeygate Street previously occupied by Thing-Me-Bobs.

A company spokesman said it was ‘excited’ to be opening a shop ‘in the lovely town of Bury St Edmunds’ and would be looking to hire around 10 people.

He said: “The opening date is currently planned for pre-Christmas, however, we don’t have this confirmed, so it’s liable to change. Of course as soon as we know, we’ll be reaching out to let everybody know locally.”

He added: “For the opening, we’ll organise special activities to celebrate in style and begin to get to know the local community.

“It’s also worth noting that all White Stuff shops support a local charity and regularly fund-raise for them throughout the year, so we’ll be looking at short-listing charities in the area in order to select one to work with.”

Mark Cordell, chief executive of ourburystedmunds, which represents businesses in the town centre, said: “It’s a well respected national high street trader coming to the town which, for me, demonstrates that Bury’s perceived as a bustling town.

“On a personal note, it’s really nice to see Abbeygate Street having new business, and I think having White Stuff in Abbeygate makes the street a bit of a destination, which will benefit the other businesses.”

On Tuesday, during a Bury Free Press Twitter debate on what new retailer people would like to see in Abbeygate Street, White Stuff was among those suggested.

Mary Playford said: “Would love to see @WhiteStuffUK come to Bury.”

“I’d second that. Lots of demand here I think,” said Judith Roberts.

Clothing retailer Primark proved a popular choice, while science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet was also suggested.

So too were cosmetics and toiletries retailer Lush, chocolatier Hotel Chocolat, fashion chain Urban Outfitters, outdoor and travel retailer Rohan, shoe retailer Deichmann, California-inspired teenage clothing retailer Hollister and a return of high street retailers Burton or Dorothy Perkins.

Other suggestions included an independent music retailer, a good old-fashioned antiques shop, a clothing store for the ‘voluptuous’ like Yours and an old style green grocers with local produce.

What shops would you welcome to the town?