I remember Clements – or at least a shop on Hazleton Way going back to the very early 1980’s.
When I was much younger, my Mum used to visit a friend who lived off of Park Lane. So we’d walk from Horndean, down Hazleton Way, and stop off for at the convenience store. I remember it well, as it had an arcade game machine just inside the door! If memory serves correctly, it was Rally-X; and if I had been good (and that wasn’t often) a 10 pence piece would be offered for a quick game.
Clements closed in the early part of this year – and we were fearful of it’s demise.
We have spoken with a few residents of Hazleton Way – and they either they used the Tesco Express at Westbrook on Tempest Avenue or the Co-op on Catherington Lane instead of using Clements for grocery and fresh food purchases. Certainly when we visited in the summer of 2013 the store wasn’t bursting with products.
The reborn Premier Hazleton Community Store (we believe) is run by the same manager that ran Clements; the difference now is that this store now has the Premier Franchise and stock purchasing power behind it. This should drastically improve the range of products offered, stock control and food freshness.
This is a positive move for the Hazleton Hosing Estate in Cowplain – often this type of convenience store can cluster and at the time of writing this store is the only one that will serve the whole Hazleton housing estate. Highfield Avenue in Waterlooville has the opposite problem and is served by Keys Newsagents, a Premier Convenience Store and a Tesco Express – all of which are within a few minutes walk within each other.
Fingers crossed the new Premier Hazleton Community Store will retain it’s drop-off and pick-up point for one of the parcel delivery networks, our next-day delivery purchases via Amazon Prime, coupled with the high cost of parking in Waterlooville, and lack of retailers (and therefore choice) has pretty much killed off our shopping visits to Waterlooville Precinct for the foreseeable future.
What do you think of Amazon and on-line retailers – have they killed the high street or does the high street need to adapt?