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Stowmarket
Stowmarket
Name Stowmarket
Number 280
Year Opened 1985/86
Year Closed 2012
Road A14
Location Haughley, Stowmarket
County Suffolk
Postcode IP14 3PY

The Stowmarket branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located on the westbound side of the A14 near Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Address and Onsite InformationEdit

ADDRESS: Tot Hill, Haughley, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3PY

ONSITE FACILITIES: Travelodge

HistoryEdit

Opened in 1985/6, Stowmarket Little Chef served the northbound side of the A45, now A14 between Ipswich and Cambridge. From the kickoff it had a neighbouring filling station and, a few years later was joined by a Forte Travelodge.

By 2007/08, the filling station ceased trading, leaving just the Little Chef and Travelodge to soldier on alone.

In 2008, the original A14 was bypassed by a new dual carriageway which became the new A14. The reason for this was because the original A14 was of poor quality, with a number of right turns across the carriageways and a suitably reduced 50mph speed limit. The new road took traffic away from the Little Chef. However, all was not lost as a new grade separated junction was built near to the restaurant and this junction displayed signage which made people aware that the Little Chef and Travelodge were both still trading, therefore they soldiered on happily. The old A14 was renamed Tot Hill

However in 2012, the Little Chef ceased trading as it was one of 67 sites decided by then owners, RCapital, which was deemed to be unsuccessful. The restaurant has since remained vacant. However, the Travelodge still soldiers on. 

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