Bosses at QD admit flagship Norwich store will not be re-opening

QD Stores on St Stephens Street, Norwich. Bosses have confirmed it will not be re-opening. Photo: Steve Adams QD Stores on St Stephens Street, Norwich. Bosses have confirmed it will not be re-opening. Photo: Steve Adams

Dan Grimmer
Monday, March 24, 2014
1:04 PM

Bosses at Norwich-based discount store QD have ended months of speculation over the future of its flagship city centre shop - by confirming that it will not be re-opening.

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The St Stephens Street shop closed “temporarily” on New Year’s Eve 2012, with bosses saying the closure of the store, which has been in the city centre since 1992, was part of a £500,000 refurbishment project.

But last November, with the store still shut, it emerged that a protracted negotiation over the lease of the store from landlords the East of England Co-operative Society had prevented re-opening.

And QD bosses have confirmed that they will not be re-opening the store, while it is understood that discount rivals Poundland are waiting in the wings to move in.

Peter Muir, spokesman for QD stores, said: “It is true that QD will not be re-occupying the store and it is with some sadness, however we remain totally committed to the city.

“Norwich is at the very heart of our business and we are actively looking for a second site here at this moment.”

Staff who used to work at the store have been redeployed to other QD stores in Anglia Square and in Dereham.

QD operates 38 retail outlets under the QD, Lathams of Potter Heigham and Cherry Lane Garden Centre brands, extending from the eastern England and Home Counties as far north as Doncaster and west as Wrexham.

A planning application lodged with Norwich City Council suggests Poundland could be the new occupiers. The discount chain has asked the city council for permission to install new signs at the St Stephens Street store.

However, a spokeswoman for Poundland said they could not comment.

But Jackie Brown, spokeswoman for the landlords the East of England Co-operative Society said they were “in discussions with potential occupiers”.

One new discount store which has confirmed it is coming to Norwich is Poundworld. A new Poundworld store will open in Norwich’s Castle Mall this Thursday.

The new store will be next to Peacock’s and Boots and will create 30 new jobs.

Bosses at Yorkshire-based Poundworld, which was founded in 1997 and has 240 stores across the UK, say the store will stock more than 5,000 products priced at £1.

• Do you have a story about a new business coming to Norwich? Call business reporter Ben Woods on 01603 772426 or email ben.woods@archant.co.uk

24 comments

  • It is going to be a Waitrose store

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    miffixxx

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Shame it couldn't be incorporated into Chapelfield.

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    Andy T

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Keith, you are a snob! What is wrong with the clients of Anglia Square? You surely wouldn't want another BondsJohn Lewis style outlet in the city? The Ten Guinea Shop perhaps?

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    peter waller

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • The top of St Stephens is like "little Anglia square" and with it come the cliental. Lovely advert for Norwich.

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    KeithS

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • This is such bad news: QD was in the city for years and it was always brilliant it used to be somewhere you could go to get a bargain and i had a awful feeling that the temporary closure would end in this. the cooperative group have just ruined a fairly good line up of shops even though it will be good to see poundland get a nice new look shop it just means more empty shops to be filled by tesco or sainsbury's. not happy with the news!

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    zg

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Some of you might have missed that Poundland already have a shop up the top end of St Stephens and would simply be moving to a bigger store which has sat empty for over a year. Don't see what most of you are moaning about, your always saying how you shop on the internet now anyway. Don't like it, don't go up there.

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    Piranha24

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • @Mooseyt3 - You are right. That part of the city morphing in every respect into a Gt Yarmouth look alike. I hadn`t been to that area of the city for a while and I was surprised as to how much it had gone downhill.

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    BG

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Oh I love listening to 'some' members of the middle classes making their righteous comments about the unwashed people who frequent 'tatty shops'. Ironically, at Christmas they probably come over all tears eyed when they see poverty on TV and think about those less fortunate whilst shopping at ' nice' shops like John Lewis'.

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    One Horse Town

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Keith is right, St Stephens is becoming a joke. We're going to loose our designation as a great place to shop soon, as it will all be tat, betting shops and coffee shops. We'll become like Yarmouth, Castle Mall already is Anglia Square mk2. At least Chapelfield and the stupidly named 'lanes' hold out against the sea of chavs.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • It is going to be a Waitrose store

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    miffixxx

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • David106, spot on but you forgot the other flagship shop Bright House.......

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    Andy T

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Getting the shop ready of 99p stores to move in?

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    NigelS

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • When your high street startslosing the fight against betting shops, charity shops, pound shops and rip-off finance outlets like Bright House - then your high street is doomed. Some comments on here are correct, St Stephens is morphing into something akin to a cross between Blackpool and Gt Yarmouth - full of tat and nasty shops ...even BHS has gone considerably down market in recent years, they sell awful stuff that is always a couple of years behind mainstream trends. The writing will be on the wall when Jonathan Trumbull's decide they need to move to protect their image and avoid losing clientelle who have no other reason to venture into St Stephens.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Its a pity next didn't want to go in there it would raise the area up a bit but like people have said its going down the pan like Anglia sq and the mall . Its a shame as its a first impression of Norwich and all you see is argos, poundland Iceland wilko's and greggs not exactly high end shopping

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    david106

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Lucioperca. Heaven forbid that any part of your city resembles Soweto sorry Yarmouth! Why don't you install a sheep dip disinfection system near your house in case anyone dares visiting your neighbourhood. As for the shop you mention, which sells overpriced clothes that the gullible pay for, if it closes I doubt whether it will even make the headlines.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Well put Norfolk John

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    Phyllis Tyne

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Maybe not a wise time for any Retailer to move into the building. Imagine the disruption that is going to happen when St Stephens in altered for only Buses and Taxis to use

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    che bramley

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Shame it couldn't be incorporated into Chapelfield.

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    Andy T

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • There should be a good mixture of shops to suite all tastes, I certainly cant afford to shop at john lewis nor do I consider myself a Jeremy Kyle type.

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    gerry mitson

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • We don't need more pound shops! Bring in a bigger Disney Store or a fab toy shop or maybe a childrens clothing shop thats at a reasonable price, or better yet BRING BACK WOOLWORTHS!

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    Kim Weston

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Oh, btw, Tesco Metro!

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    Piranha24

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • yeah, more betting shops going in to St Stephens too. Shame, St Stephens was quite a prestigious street once, now, as you say, it's becoming like Anglia Square but without the charisma! LoL

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    marty r

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • This is what happens when you have a council that is determined to stop cars accessing the city centre - Lots of cheap and nasty shops, selling cheap tat. People in cars spend money and people using public transport spend considerably less. ANSWER – build lots of free car parks and ban buses from within the city centre. Simple really!

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I heard that it was going to be a small Morrisons. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, March 24, 2014

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