Big Easter weekend boost for Ringwood

Bournemouth Echo: FUN: Entertainer Dave Hickory entertains children at Ringwood's Furlong Centre FUN: Entertainer Dave Hickory entertains children at Ringwood's Furlong Centre

THERE was a festive atmosphere at a fun-filled Easter event in Ringwood at the weekend as a new bookshop was launched.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Furlong Shopping Centre to celebrate the opening of a new Waterstones on Saturday – the first that the chain has opened for six years – with live music, refreshments and activities on offer for children.

The store gained national media attention at the weekend, as it heralds the start of the retailer’s plans to open new store that are hoped to become social hubs and it is being seen as a signal that sales of e-books are slowing.

The shopping centre’s marketing manager, Charlie Reed, said she was delighted with the turnout and that the atmosphere had been fantastic.

“We hear a lot in the news about the death of the high street, so it is wonderful to see a new big shop like this open up here,” she added.

“There was a really feel-good vibe and we are hoping it will encourage more people to come and visit us in the future.”

The new 3,215 square foot store officially opened on Friday, with children given the opportunity to have their picture taken with picture book favourite Kipper.

“The kids absolutely loved it,” added Charlie.

“We also had a chick petting area, craft workshops from Tulip Crafts, cake stalls from Waldorf School and face-painting too.”

A highlight was live music from prominent local musician Carys Carter, who played guitar and sang a string of songs to the crowd. Waldorf School students kept shoppers entertained with a class in playing the harp.

The new Waterstones store has a light oak bookcase and slat wall design, as well as boasting a new Café W with triple certified coffee from Matthew Algie – approved by the Fairtrade Foundation. The bookshop will also sell stationery and offer free wi-fi.

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10:10am Mon 21 Apr 14

devon fan says...

good to see something happening in the town where I was born, how about a cinema next
good to see something happening in the town where I was born, how about a cinema next devon fan
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10:11am Mon 21 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Boscombe !!!! I did not realise it went as far as Ringwood that what the headline says 10.11hrs
Boscombe !!!! I did not realise it went as far as Ringwood that what the headline says 10.11hrs Lord Spring
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10:11am Mon 21 Apr 14

RingwoodUK says...

I don't see what the headline 'Big Easter weekend boost for Boscombe' has to do with Waterstones opening in Ringwood?
I don't see what the headline 'Big Easter weekend boost for Boscombe' has to do with Waterstones opening in Ringwood? RingwoodUK
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10:18am Mon 21 Apr 14

Old Colonial says...

"The new Waterstones store has a light oak bookcase and slat wall design...".

That's nice. Must have made Toby the 'reporter' so excited he thought he was in Boscombe not Ringwood.
"The new Waterstones store has a light oak bookcase and slat wall design...". That's nice. Must have made Toby the 'reporter' so excited he thought he was in Boscombe not Ringwood. Old Colonial
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10:21am Mon 21 Apr 14

BoscombeWarLord says...

Are all the Boscombe junkies relocating to Ringwood for the new Waterstones opening? The only Harp of interest to them comes in a can. How is this a boost for Boscombe otherwise?
Are all the Boscombe junkies relocating to Ringwood for the new Waterstones opening? The only Harp of interest to them comes in a can. How is this a boost for Boscombe otherwise? BoscombeWarLord
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8:52am Tue 22 Apr 14

Rick White says...

And the other side of this story is that our independent bookshop is closing! So the corporates come in to an area forcing out the small trader and dominate.
The High Street in Ringwood has numerous empty shops because they cannot compete with those that get preferential deals from the owners of the Furlong centre. They are slowing taking the heart from the historic centre of the town.
And the other side of this story is that our independent bookshop is closing! So the corporates come in to an area forcing out the small trader and dominate. The High Street in Ringwood has numerous empty shops because they cannot compete with those that get preferential deals from the owners of the Furlong centre. They are slowing taking the heart from the historic centre of the town. Rick White
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