Sadness after discount store in St Ann’s closed after 28 years

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Residents of St Ann’s have told how sad they are after IC cash and take-out discounts closed after 28 years. The discount warehouse store is on St Ann’s Well Road.

He sold food, DIY products, toys, cleaning products and more. It is unclear why the store closed, but the business continues to trade from its other store in Derby.

Before being a discount store, it was the Cavendish Picture House. The cinema closed on September 15, 1968. The cinema then operated as a bingo club which continued until 1991 with IC Discounts then taking over. But that ended on March 5 when IC Discounts announced on its official Facebook page that it was closing after 28 years.

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Betty Charlton, 75, who is retired and lives in St Ann’s with her husband, said she was saddened to see the discount store close. Betty spoke of her shock when she found out what was going on.

“I was really surprised and thought ‘oh my God,'” she said. “It came as a shock, I think they had struggled because of Covid. I think they [the owners] have a place in Derby and that’s where they’ll go. Last time I went was about 2 weeks ago.

IC Discounts stands for “Ian and Claire”, they were the original owners of the family business. Betty continued and said, “We live just around the corner and it’s so easy and convenient, they sell everything. It was huge inside. The store was good for lots of things like getting Christmas presents.

“We go to Heron which is higher up but everyone misses the old Aldi. IC Discounts was for everyone, especially people who couldn’t take the bus into town. Now there’s nowhere to go, here [I.C. Discounts] we could roam as much as we wanted and the staff were lovely. When it was a cinema it was full to bursting but now we could make do with a few stores, there are a lot of them closing.”

The Aldi on Huntingdon Road in St Ann’s closed on August 1, 2021. Betty’s husband, Grenville Charlton, is also sad to see the store close, he said: ‘It was a cheap store and now they put everything in place, the housing tax is up, the rent is up, it’s expensive.

“What I don’t want to see is student accommodation which we could do with something like bingo, there are a lot of old people around.”

Dawn Allen from St Ann’s worked at the discount store until 1996. Now she works in a pub. She said: “The store was great. I loved working there. I left in 1996.”

Even though Dawn had finished her time at the warehouse store, she still went there regularly, she continued and said: “I went there every week during the lockout because I had my mother with me and we had the used to go get candy. I shop “When I had grandchildren, I used to go to [I.C Discounts] and bring them toys.”

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