Next prepares to open a second lifestyle home-and-garden emporium

Next clothing chain has confirmed it is to open a second lifestyle home-and-garden emporium this summer.

The Next Home & Garden store in Ipswich, Suffolk, follows the trailblazing shop that opened in Shoreham-on-Sea, West Sussex, in August.

A spokeswoman said the store would be based on the Martlesham Heath retail park in Ipswich and would cover nearly 4,645sq m. Just over half would be dedicated to homeware such as furniture and tools, but there would also be a garden department.

The Shoreham shop includes a Starbucks cafe and indoor and outdoor garden displays in an airy modern building with split level and glazed walls and roofs.

The 5,200sq m former B&Q shop has a 557sq m conservatory-style space for alfresco furniture. Outside is a 379sq m open area with pergolas and plants.

Next declined to comment on the planned investment at Ipswich, the turnover at Shoreham-on-Sea or on rumours that further UK and Ireland stores were planned.

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