So I suppose we ought to announce that McDonald’s in Waterlooville Precinct shut. What’s that – you knew already?
Well it’s taken us a while to get to grips with this.
You can get a McDonald’s meal in war zones. You can get a McDonald’s meal in developing countries. You can get a McDonald’s meal third-world countries. But you can’t get a McDonald’s meal in Waterlooville Precinct …
The closure in July 2013 of McDonald’s Waterlooville was a game-changing, cataclysmic and devastating blow to Waterlooville Precinct. A blow to all the other Waterlooville Precinct shops that relied on passing trade from McDonald’s customers.
Although we’d only eat in at McDonald’s with our young children at most once a month – we’d travel to Waterlooville Precinct every weekend. It became a habit to walk into the town most Saturdays, and pop into the Waterlooville Library, pay some cheques in at the bank, grab a few cards from The Card Factory plus the mandatory visit to Wilkos, and if not visiting McDonald’s that day, we’d pick up a nice lunch from Waitrose. We’d spend a good £40 every weekend. When McDonald’s closed – we reduced, well, pretty much stopped our trips to Waterlooville Precinct. That £2,000 per year of elective spending either stays in my pocket or gets spent elsewhere.
“Your town is up poo-creek without a paddle if the McDonald’s franchise closes.”
This is what McDonald’s used to look like before it was converted into the GrabALaptop store.
Here’s the closure sign,
Did you used to work at McDonald’s Waterlooville? Do you visit Waterlooville less now that McDonald’s has closed? Where do you go now to get your takeaway fix?