9th August 2017

Glasswells Bury St Edmunds Refurbishment

Glasswells Bury St Edmunds Refurbishment

We are very excited to unveil our £1million refurbishment plans. Our massive stock clearance event continues to clear space for a complete refit of the flooring, roomsets, fixtures and fittings, which will give the store a bright and fresh new look and offer customers a new shopping experience within Bury St Edmunds.

The last major works were 15 years ago, when we built an extension to house an impressive atrium entrance, extensive homewares and bedroom departments and a purpose built carpet warehouse. We went on to open a new, modern store in Ipswich in 2008 and, whilst there has been some redecoration at Newmarket Road, our Managing Director Paul Glasswell felt it was time for a more significant change. He explained,

Glasswells has always strived to offer our customers the latest and most stylish furnishing options and it is essential that our environment provides visitors with the very best shopping experience. We are a forward thinking Company and I understand how important it is to move with the times and embrace change. Whilst the store will be given a fresh, new look our ethos of offering the widest choice, at the best value, with the highest customer service remains the same.”

The work has been planned and managed in-house by our Visual Merchandiser & Interior Designer, Sarah Norris; her experience of creating aspirational and attractive displays to enhance the customer journey, plus her passion for interior design made her the perfect candidate for the job. Sarah began work in October 2016, with a £150,000 22-seat extension to our very popular in-store Place to Eat Restaurant. A colour palette of cool greys and mix of natural materials were selected to give a modern and airy industrial feel; a scheme which will run across the rest of the project. 

At the start of June, Glasswells closed for five days to prepare for the biggest clearance sale of our seventy year history. A record number of customers attended the Preview Event and hundreds of displays were sold to make way for the contractors to start their work.

The first phase of the refurb works commenced in July, involving uplifting all of the old flooring in the first floor Bed and Bedroom departments. Over 100,000 square feet of bespoke flooring by Ege Carpets and Karndean luxury vinyl tiles will be installed over the next couple of months by Glasswells expert contract carpet fitters.

Craftsmen will be erecting new partition walls and decorating the rooms sets, ready for the beautiful new displays to be put in situ and the finishing touches applied. Some layout changes have been made to the walkways to open up display areas and give customers an easier route around the store. We will also be integrating more technology to offer tech-savvy shoppers a more interactive and informative experience.

Updating our furniture departments is only phase one of a massive program of work which will roll out and continue into next year, including the modernisation of the Reception and Paypoint areas, plus new fixtures and fittings within the flooring, soft furnishings and home accessories departments. 


Whilst all this work is going on it’s business as usual, with the restaurant and all departments open seven days a week. There are still bargains galore and prices have been slashed even further to clear the remaining ex-display furniture items, plus there are amazing one-off introductory offers on all new collections arriving throughout the month of August. 

Paul Glasswell added

The staff have been brilliant during what has been a fairly disruptive time. All of the furniture has been moved multiple times to accommodate the flooring fitters, which has been hard work for everyone involved. We’ve still got plenty of clearance furniture on show, new models are arriving every day, and we look forward to being able to give our customers the freshest, and ultimately the best, shopping experience in Suffolk.”

7th August 2017

Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournament

Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournament

Tennis Tournament’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations

Last week Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournaments held a drinks reception to celebrate their 90th Anniversary.

Glasswells is the largest sponsor to the tournament and Susan Glasswell (Chair) described in her speech how, as a child, she remembers her parents providing hospitality to visiting players on the circuit.

The Lawn Tennis Association Competitions Department praised Susan her hard work and for nurturing her team of volunteers to produce a Tournament, which has won “Tournament of the Year for East of England” for 2016 & is highly commended in the National Awards.

Plenty of the Glasswells family were also on hand to offer their support and encouragement.

Well done to all who took part, and we will see you again next year!

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18th July 2017

Cambridge News Competition Winners

Cambridge News Competition Winners

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Hall who entered the Cambridge News competition on their Facebook Page & were chosen at random to win a £100 Glasswells voucher as well as an Afternoon Tea For Two at our Ipswich restaurant! 

Having celebrated our 70th platinum anniversary last year, we are now undertaking a massive refurbishment of our Bury St Edmunds store to give customers an even better shopping experience.

For more competitions, remember to follow us on our social media pages - just search for Glasswells!

10th July 2017

June Competition Winner

June Competition Winner

Congratulations to Hugh Jones who is our latest competition winner!

Hugh has won himself a set of Stellar Rochester Cutlery, worth £286.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and make sure you take part in our July competition to have the chance to win an afternoon tea for two at either our Bury St Edmunds or Ipswich restaurants.

23rd June 2017

Trip Advisor Certification

Trip Advisor Certification

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate Of

Due to our consistantly high reviews for our restaurant, The Place To Eat, we have been
recognised with this award. 

Congratulations to all our Restaurant staff who put in the hard work every single day to ensure
we keep up our high standards & serve our customers in the best way possible. 

Not reviewed us yet? Click here to review our Bury St Edmunds restaurant,
or here to review our Ipswich restaurant.

10th June 2017

Refurbishment Sale

Refurbishment Sale

We recently closed the doors of our Bury St Edmunds store for 4 whole days in order to prepare the shop floor for our BIGGEST EVER clearance sale!

Every single item was in the sale, with massive savings on ex-display items as we prepare to make way for completely new displays throughout the store.

An unprecedented amount of people visited on our first few days of the sale, all hoping to get their hands on their favourite items at ridiculously low prices. Thank you to everyone who has already visited (some people, multiple times over the weekend!) & we hope you're all happy with your new furniture!

We still have over £1Million of quality furniture available to purchase, so make sure to tell your friends & the sooner you visit us the better!

Many famous brand names are included in our sale, such as Ercol, GPlan, Willis & Gambier, Stressless, Parker Knoll, Tempur, Hypnos & more! 

2nd June 2017

The Suffolk Show 2017

The Suffolk Show 2017

Glasswells are proud to have been attending the Suffolk Show for almost as long as it’s been running, & Visitors to the Suffolk Show this year were
treated to a large display of this year’s most popular garden furniture in the Glasswells' Flower & Garden Experience section.

The exhibition featured the Patagonia Corner Group, the Dorset Firepit & Chairs set, the Bretagne Table & 8 Chairs set & the Banana Bench, below.

We also ran a prize draw on both days of the Suffolk Show where visitors had the chance to win one of 3 different prizes (pictured below).
The winners have been chosen, and are as follows:

1st prize – Oakridge Double Hanging Cocoon
Elaine Scott from Stowmarket (shown below)
2nd prize – Cornwall Garden Shed/Wood Store
Nina Calver from Ipswich
3rd prize – Napoleon Pro22K Charcoal BBQ
Nick Page from Woolpit

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who took part! 

1st June 2017

May Competition Winner

May Competition Winner

Congratulations to Emma Russell who is our latest competition winner!

Emma has won herself a beautiful fox cushion from Scion Fabrics, worth £45. This cushion is part of the ‘Mr Fox’ range, including fabric, wallpapers & linens.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and make sure you take part in our June competition to have the chance to win a Stellar Rochester Cutlery Set!

12th May 2017

Ipswich Refurbishment SALE!

Ipswich Refurbishment SALE!

You heard right, we are having a HUGE refurbishment sale at our Ipswich store NOW!

From today, everything must go, and we have up to 60% off the whole store, and sometimes even more! Ex-display and current models from every department are priced to go, at never to be repeated prices. Make sure you visit quick to get hold of the items you need for you home.

Pay & take away today

Express delivery can be arranged

Ring & reserve

5th May 2017

On Your Marks!

On Your Marks!

Our Ipswich store is about to undergo the biggest spring clean you will ever see! We're giving the store a whole new make-over. This doesn't mean just a lick of paint, but a reorganisation of room settings & displays across all departments to give it a refresh & make YOUR shopping experience more pleasurable!

In preparation, we need to clear the store of all our current display & stock products to make way for work to begin. This will be one of the biggest stock clearouts in our 70yr history!

We will be CLOSING the store from this Saturday (6th May 2017) in order to mark down th prices of EVERY SINGLE ITEM! that's over 2 million worth of sofas & chairs, dining sets, lounge furniture, bedrooms, beds, carpets, rugs & flooring, curtains, linens, gifts, cookshop, pictures & mirrors, lighting & accessories! 

Big brands such as GPlan, Ercol, Parker Knoll, Stressless, Willis & Gambier, Hypnos & many others will all be included. All will be drastically reduced, and available on a first come, first serve basis. Many are one-off display models, fully guaranteed, to be sold as seen at never-to-be-repeated crazy prices!

Once they're gone, they're gone! Make sure you join us when we REOPEN on Friday 12th May 2017 to be first in line for the bargains. 

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