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Sudbury Chamber of Commerce hoping to see improvements at Borehamgate Precinct in near future

John McMillan, Sudbury chamber of commerce president. (5474199)
John McMillan, Sudbury chamber of commerce president. (5474199)

Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is hopeful of seeing significant improvements to the Borehamgate precinct soon, following the loss of another business from the centre.

Jonathan Lambert Fine Jewellers kicked off its final closing down sale on Saturday, after announcing its shock decision to depart the town, after 15 years at the precinct.

The retailer, which is now opting to concentrate on its second location in Lavenham, cited the “progressively dilapidated” state of the precinct and the surrounding Hamilton Road quarter, as well as rising local business rates, in its reasoning for the closure.

John McMillan, president of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, told the Free Press it was a shame to see the business leave the town, and the chamber is hopeful of seeing improvements to the precinct in the near future.

Mr McMillan said: “It’s always very sad when a retailer does close.

“At the moment, town centre retailers, as a whole, are struggling and an awful lot are closing.

“I think Sudbury is actually holding up better than most in that regard.

“The Borehamgate precinct is really caught up with the work being done in the Hamilton Road quarter. We are hoping it will be improved quite a lot when that all rolls forward.

“We are very excited about that. There are a lot of positive things that are happening in the town.”

Babergh District Council put forward proposals earlier this year to regenerate the shopping precinct as part of a wider prospectus of retail, residential and commercial development planned for the Hamilton Road quarter.

Earlier this month, the town co-hosted a business forum in Sudbury, which it hailed as a great success, with almost 50 businesses in attendance.


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