While enjoying the Waterlooville Classic Car Show on Saturday, we couldn’t help but spot a number of changes emerging in the main precinct area.
Blinkers café, which has been a mainstay of the precinct for as long as I can remember, seems to be undergoing a refurbishment. Perhaps the Costa coffee, Three Cooks and Café Havana are providing stiff competition?
Just a little further along, Winnie’s Chinese Restaurant appears to be undergoing renovation of its own. To be honest, we’ve never dined there and know of no-one that has, maybe it’s time we sampled their menu after the revamp?
We’ve already reported the remodel of the old McDonald’s restaurant will be a grabalaptop.com shop, and the store front has been rendered nicely for it’s grand opening on 26th July.
And, finally, hidden away down the end of the B*oulevard where there was briefly a pawn shop, “Get Gorgeous” is taking over the empty premises. Currently situated upstairs next to the library, this new Hair and Beauty Salon is due to open ‘soon’.
So, in a small area of the precinct there are positive but subtle changes developing. It’s great to see more shops opening, but sadly the old Baytree Bookshop and SelfFit shops are still empty and as we reported just the other day, the model shop has closed and the Rainbow Toy shop is also winding up.
The independent shops are fighting back – there’s life left in them yet and not all been assimilated by the big chains!