Walking through Waterlooville yesterday we noticed that the Toy Shop in Waterlooville is closing down.
Hot on the heels of the closure of Focus Sounds, the Rainbow Toy shop in Wellington Way appears to be the latest casualty of independent retailers in Waterlooville. An interesting juxtaposition shows that only this week Waterlooville celebrated with Marks and Spencers opened their new Simply Food store. The town is slowly being replaced by huge multinational/national companies and the independents are dying. What makes Waterlooville different from every other high street in the country? Why would people go out of their way to visit Waterlooville to do their shopping?
What will replace this shop unit? Another empty shop? Or can Waterlooville sustain another charity shop? Perhaps the rent and business rates are just so extortionate that having a retail business these days is so prohibitive. Waterlooville precinct is in danger of becoming a ghost town, whilst faceless national retailers battle it out in the land that was once an industrial estate.
Sadly, there is nothing at the end of this rainbow for the Rainbow Toy Shop.