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    I walked through Sailmakers today, I’ll call it that, as clearly the rebrand was a big part of the recent changes.  I pushed my way through the queue of excited retailers all vying for space to open up their new shop (I may be exaggerating there) to discover that there must be upwards of half dozen empty units in there now. But we are not talking about brightly painted hoardings over shop fronts with news about the incoming tenants to tempt me back again but we are talking closed roller shutters or empty glass frontages with views over empty floor spaces, all very uninviting. Its not looking any more prosperous (or attractive) now than when it was Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre.  I wasn’t impressed.


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    It has got worse. When you factor in the food units opening up and the fact that the only other shopping centre competitor is now mostly leisure based the town is closely dead.

    Ipswich had a population of 133,384 in the 2011 Census. Middlesbrough – a unitary authority – founded from farm land just in the 19th century had a population of 138,400 in the 2011 Census. Similar sized large towns and with a similar sized built up area. Arguably they also have the same problems with regional centres.

    Ipswich has one shopping centre and a half. Empty units. Middlesbrough is full of empty units – TO LET. Middlesbrough has 4 shopping centres in addition to shopping streets. Empty units exist all over the place… but they have a good mixture of retail including typical clone town brands, along with food outlets. Plus the empty units. They are struggling but compared to Ipswich… they aren’t planning to convert shopping centres into cinemas.

    Middlesbrough also has an undercover market for independents…

    Dundas Market is the only indoor market in Middlesbrough town centre and is home to over 20 local independent businesses. The Market has undergone a major rebrand and refurbishment programme under new ownership and management.

    This has transformed Dundas Market into a vibrant indoor market offering high quality, good value food produce together with a wide variety of non-food goods from locally based traders providing excellent customer service.

    They have Leeds, Newcastle and other Teeside towns like Stockton to contend with. Different attitudes, different results. I doubt their town attracts those from far and wide but based on their numbers and students from the university they can pretty much keep all shopping centres running side by side. Middlesbrough doesn’t have an  Business Improvement District (BID) – their businesses voted against the proposal.

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     Sailmakers stores Ipswich

    • Baldwins
    • bb’s coffee & muffins
    • Blue Inc
    • Boots (standalone but entrance to Boots inside)
    • Crafty Cards & Gifts
    • Ernest Jones
    • eurochange (kiosk)
    • Iceland
    • Inside Out
    • Ipswich Building Society
    • McColl’s the Newsagents (separate access in lobby)
    • PANDORA (access outside)
    • Poundland
    • Quiz
    • Ravishing Beauty
    • River Island
    • Ryman
    • Subway
    • The Java Store
    • The Perfume Shop
    • The Post Office (moved to Wh Smith)
    • Thomson
    • Topman
    • Topshop
    • Virgin Media (moved from store to kiosk merchandising unit)
    • Warren James
    • Yours Clothing
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