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Terms have been agreed with a high street retailer to occupy the remaining floors of Bury St Edmunds' former Debenhams.

The agreement was revealed in documents submitted by Bury WM Unit Trust for a servicing plan for the empty shop at the arc shopping centre.

An earlier acoustic assessment for proposals for an Everyman Cinema in the basement of the building made reference to a Primark.

The former Debenhams at the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Derrick
The former Debenhams at the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Derrick

Centre manager Allan Hassell said they were unable to comment on speculation.

The application to West Suffolk Council from Michael Roult, of CBRE Investment Management on behalf of Bury WM Unit Trust, was a non-material; change of condition, amendment to the servicing plan following the closure of Debenhams, which shut in May 2021.

The servicing plan agreed that Debenhams would have 24 hour access to the loading bay next to the store, off Prospect Row, but their vehicles would only be permitted to exit the site via Schoolyard outside trading hours.

At all other times the vehicles need to return via Kings Road via Prospect Row.

A planning statement said the applicant had agreed terms with a high street retailer to occupy the ground and first floors of the former Debenhams.

It said: "The proposed occupier requires confirmation that the servicing plan which specifically refers to Debenhams, will not preclude the company from operating deliveries to the store under the terms of the plan.

"Consequently this application proposes that reference to 'Debenhams' is deleted from the plan including the attached plan and for the area formerly occupied by Debenhams to be denoted as ‘Building G.’

"The wording has been altered to reflect the fact that the development is now fully complete and operational.

"However, no changes to the existing delivery times and delivery access arrangements are proposed."

In February, Bury WM Unit Trust submitted proposals for an Everyman Cinema in part of the basement at the former department store.

It has sought permission from West Suffolk Council for flexible use for retail and a cinema which would also contain a small bar/restaurant.

The cinema would feature four screens and a smaller screen for private hire with 306 seats in total.

The application is yet to be decided by West Suffolk Council.

An environmental impact assessment, prepared in May by RBA Acoustics, for the cinema plans made reference to a Primark.

It said: "To the above of the demise is proposed to be a Primark shopping centre."

Mr Hassell said they were unable to confirm at this stage who the retailer is but the strip out of the empty store was complete.

He added that Suffolk and Bury St Edmunds particularly was in 'quite a strong place' to attract retailers.

Letting agents are working to fill the other empty units at the arc.