Tesco was given outline approval for a a new 86,000 sq ft store on the former B&Q site in Grafton Way but in May 2013 abandoned its plans. It is now trying to sell the land.
Ipswich Central co-ordinated a campaign against the application. The group had 700 members including independent traders and large stores. One of the group's key objections to the application was that the store would be trading at the lower end of the price structure, a market which they believe is already over-represented in the town centre. The link to the town centre is also seen as a problem as busy roads nearby effectively create a barrier.