Co-op wants Ipswich shop on Three Jolly Sailors pub site

Handford Road, Ipswich Image copyright Google
Image caption The Co-op has already bought the site and demolished the Three Jolly Sailors pub

The East of England Co-op is applying to turn the site of a former pub in Ipswich in to a convenience shop.

The Co-op closed a store on Norwich Road in the town on Saturday after Tesco opened a shop in the former Emperor pub just along the road last year.

The Co-op wants to build the new store on the site of the Three Jolly Sailors pub in Handford Road.

Ipswich Borough Council will consider the application later this year.

The Co-op bought the Three Jolly Sailors site in 2012 and has demolished the pub, even though it does not have planning permission for a new store yet.

Nick Denny, property executive for the East of England Co-op, said: "It has been our intention to create a new food store in the location since the site was acquired prior to any decisions being made on the Norwich Road store."

The firm said it expected to create the equivalent of 14 full-time jobs at the new store.

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