Do you remember when?
I’ve lived in Waterlooville since the early 1980s and Steve’s lived in the area all his life so we’ve seen a few changes over the years. I’m not sure if this shows my age or that many things have changed!
We have decided to start a little series on About Waterlooville to reminisce over old buildings/shops/places of interest. I decided to start with this building:
I think you all agree this is a pretty ugly building and it really is starting to show it’s age! Peacocks is a fashion retail chain that currently occupies this 1970s/1960s (?) building.
When I moved to Waterlooville, this building was Tesco. Downstairs was for grocery and upstairs had ‘home wares’ which included toys and clothes. This Tesco was reminiscent of the Tesco of the 80’s which was was seen as a cheap, bottom of the range, pile it high sell it cheap, food supermarket – far removed from the conglomerate, sleek and world dominating retailer we know today.
The thing I remember most about this particular store is the massive clothes rails upstairs on round carousels that I used to hide under whilst my mum hunted for clothes.
I can only assume it closed down due to the transformation of Tesco’s core business to concentrate on out-of-town superstores. Many of Tesco’s town centre stores (that were very run down) were sold off. Today, Waterlooville has many Tesco Express Stores in the community (Tempest Avenue, Frendstaple Road, London Road etc), but the nearest supermarket is over in Havant.
Do you remember when this was a Tesco? Do you have any memories of shopping there? Do you know why Tesco left Waterlooville town centre?