Major redevelopment planned after Sovereign Centre owner buys former TJ Hughes store

ACQUIRED: The former TJ Hughes site has been bought by the neighbouring Sovereign Centre

ACQUIRED: The former TJ Hughes site has been bought by the neighbouring Sovereign Centre

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A LARGE empty shop in the centre of Boscombe has been bought by the owner of the neighbouring Sovereign Shopping Centre.

NewRiver Retail has bought the former TJ Hughes, a 45,000 square foot site which has been vacant since the shopping chain went into administration in 2011.

The new owner is planning a major redevelopment for the combined site as part of a strategy to “improve and reposition” the centre.

It said it was hoping to announce a new anchor store and other tenants soon.

Stuart Mitchell, associate director at NewRiver Retail and asset manager for the Sovereign Centre, said: “Contrary to popular belief, until now the TJ Hughes store was not under NewRiver Retail’s ownership, which prevented us from gaining the control needed to unlock the potential for the Sovereign Centre.

“When the owner of the store went into administration earlier this year, we moved quickly to enable the acquisition.

“With ownership of the whole site, we are delighted to be able to progress our significant redevelopment plan.”

NewRiver says its plans include a “greatly enhanced retail and leisure offer”.

It said it was in discussion with national retail and leisure operators over the redevelopment.

Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration at Bournemouth council, said: “This acquisition should be seen as a milestone in the regeneration of Boscombe and will be a real boost for the precinct and we’re happy to be supporting NewRiver Retail with this major project.” NewRiver Retail completed a comparable redevelopment in Wallsend, North Tyneside, earlier this year, working with North Tyneside Council.

It acquired a vacant Co-Op in the Forum Shopping Centre and spent £5m turning it into a 50,000sqft library and community centre, with new space for Iceland, 99p Stores and Home Bargains.

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7:06am Tue 3 Jun 14

Huey says...

When the council hears this, they will probably be interested in turning it into a huge rehab centre and doss house. No one would notice.
Or it could become a tattoo parlour specialising in facial tattoos as these seem to be very popular with some Boscombe residents.
Or one half could become bargain booze, and the other a drying out clinic.
When the council hears this, they will probably be interested in turning it into a huge rehab centre and doss house. No one would notice. Or it could become a tattoo parlour specialising in facial tattoos as these seem to be very popular with some Boscombe residents. Or one half could become bargain booze, and the other a drying out clinic. Huey
  • Score: -25

7:38am Tue 3 Jun 14

churchill gardens resident says...

Jane I think the only milestone we will see in the regeneration of Boscombe is when the council & its partners are able to tackle all the local sub standard accommodation & doss houses. This is the only way forward in the regeneration of boscombe the rest will follow.... I also don't believe its as complicated as you & others down at clown hall want us to believe.
Jane I think the only milestone we will see in the regeneration of Boscombe is when the council & its partners are able to tackle all the local sub standard accommodation & doss houses. This is the only way forward in the regeneration of boscombe the rest will follow.... I also don't believe its as complicated as you & others down at clown hall want us to believe. churchill gardens resident
  • Score: 49

7:59am Tue 3 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

It out of all proportion it sounds more like a D.W.P. flat.
It out of all proportion it sounds more like a D.W.P. flat. Lord Spring
  • Score: -8

8:22am Tue 3 Jun 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Whoa lovely ! This is good news for Boscombe.Instead of doing your shopping in five minutes you'll be able to do it in six, time you looked round the new shop.

I thought i smelt the usual fragrance in the 'Busybody shop' yesterday.'Bull****

Somewhere to put that 'tacky' band that plays there on Saturday and i expect cllr Wakefield will make appearance when the official opening occurs as all you need to tell him is that your pulling your toilet chain and he's there.
Whoa lovely ! This is good news for Boscombe.Instead of doing your shopping in five minutes you'll be able to do it in six, time you looked round the new shop. I thought i smelt the usual fragrance in the 'Busybody shop' yesterday.'Bull**** Somewhere to put that 'tacky' band that plays there on Saturday and i expect cllr Wakefield will make appearance when the official opening occurs as all you need to tell him is that your pulling your toilet chain and he's there. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: -5

9:36am Tue 3 Jun 14

MrsRuggaball says...

Thats fantastic news - it will be great to see that unit open and thriving and really boost the shopping centre. I cant understand why some people are so negative, it just seems like they want to keep Boscombe down!
Thats fantastic news - it will be great to see that unit open and thriving and really boost the shopping centre. I cant understand why some people are so negative, it just seems like they want to keep Boscombe down! MrsRuggaball
  • Score: 31

9:37am Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

Let's be positive? The Sovereign Centre is dull and uninviting and what a disappointment for any tourists who visit. Maybe NewRiver can learn from West Quay (Southampton). And yes of course the whole area is depressing and feels (and is) unsafe. We go there to buy the best bread around (at the market), pop into Lidl & Aldi - and then escape for Aspalls cider down at Reef Encounter.

And why not move that meat van which blocks the view down the road, and really does little to attract shoppers. And blocks the view from the Tardis!
Let's be positive? The Sovereign Centre is dull and uninviting and what a disappointment for any tourists who visit. Maybe NewRiver can learn from West Quay (Southampton). And yes of course the whole area is depressing and feels (and is) unsafe. We go there to buy the best bread around (at the market), pop into Lidl & Aldi - and then escape for Aspalls cider down at Reef Encounter. And why not move that meat van which blocks the view down the road, and really does little to attract shoppers. And blocks the view from the Tardis! bbird
  • Score: 23

9:53am Tue 3 Jun 14

wadjit says...

This is great news. ANYTHING is better than the eyesore that it is at the moment.
This is great news. ANYTHING is better than the eyesore that it is at the moment. wadjit
  • Score: 29

9:58am Tue 3 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

Its is now 45,000 square feet and previous posts removed so why leave my now obsolete comment re D.W.P.
Its is now 45,000 square feet and previous posts removed so why leave my now obsolete comment re D.W.P. Lord Spring
  • Score: -10

10:11am Tue 3 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Wonder who will move in. Morris ons would be good. Can never have enough supermarkets
Wonder who will move in. Morris ons would be good. Can never have enough supermarkets bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -5

10:15am Tue 3 Jun 14

Baysider says...

MrsRuggaball wrote:
Thats fantastic news - it will be great to see that unit open and thriving and really boost the shopping centre. I cant understand why some people are so negative, it just seems like they want to keep Boscombe down!
Yep. There are plenty on here who would rather it remain empty as it gives them a another stick to beat the council with and allows them to continue running Boscombe down.
[quote][p][bold]MrsRuggaball[/bold] wrote: Thats fantastic news - it will be great to see that unit open and thriving and really boost the shopping centre. I cant understand why some people are so negative, it just seems like they want to keep Boscombe down![/p][/quote]Yep. There are plenty on here who would rather it remain empty as it gives them a another stick to beat the council with and allows them to continue running Boscombe down. Baysider
  • Score: 16

10:18am Tue 3 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Its is now 45,000 square feet and previous posts removed so why leave my now obsolete comment re D.W.P.
You're not worth editing.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Its is now 45,000 square feet and previous posts removed so why leave my now obsolete comment re D.W.P.[/p][/quote]You're not worth editing. whataboutthat
  • Score: 8

10:31am Tue 3 Jun 14

BmthNewshound says...

Jane Kelly said "we’re happy to be supporting NewRiver Retail with this major project.". Can she be more precise, does this "support" involve the use of taxpayers money ?
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I don't think it matters how NewRiver "improve and reposition" the centre the simple fact is that there are too many retail units in Boscombe resulting in a high percentage of empty units. Boscombe already has branches of most of the low cost retailers so it will be very interesting to see who NewRiver have lined up as the Sovereign Centres new anchor store especially as most major retailers are scaling back on high street expansion.
Jane Kelly said "we’re happy to be supporting NewRiver Retail with this major project.". Can she be more precise, does this "support" involve the use of taxpayers money ? . I don't think it matters how NewRiver "improve and reposition" the centre the simple fact is that there are too many retail units in Boscombe resulting in a high percentage of empty units. Boscombe already has branches of most of the low cost retailers so it will be very interesting to see who NewRiver have lined up as the Sovereign Centres new anchor store especially as most major retailers are scaling back on high street expansion. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 10

11:24am Tue 3 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Poundworld
Poundworld Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -7

11:27am Tue 3 Jun 14

Sir Retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Its is now 45,000 square feet and previous posts removed so why leave my now obsolete comment re D.W.P.
Mornin m'lud,don't get like the rest of them :)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Its is now 45,000 square feet and previous posts removed so why leave my now obsolete comment re D.W.P.[/p][/quote]Mornin m'lud,don't get like the rest of them :) Sir Retry69
  • Score: -11

11:30am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Wonder who will move in. Morris ons would be good. Can never have enough supermarkets
The last thing Boscombe needs is a Morrisons. Apart from their "special deals" they are very expensive. It will be good to have a major retailer in the old TJ Hughes, and perhaps a few smaller shops that we have to go to Bournemouth or Poole for, like Home Bargains.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Wonder who will move in. Morris ons would be good. Can never have enough supermarkets[/p][/quote]The last thing Boscombe needs is a Morrisons. Apart from their "special deals" they are very expensive. It will be good to have a major retailer in the old TJ Hughes, and perhaps a few smaller shops that we have to go to Bournemouth or Poole for, like Home Bargains. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 3

11:38am Tue 3 Jun 14

curryandstella says...

WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish curryandstella
  • Score: 12

11:46am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
[quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products! Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 2

11:50am Tue 3 Jun 14

rozmister says...

Huey wrote:
When the council hears this, they will probably be interested in turning it into a huge rehab centre and doss house. No one would notice. Or it could become a tattoo parlour specialising in facial tattoos as these seem to be very popular with some Boscombe residents. Or one half could become bargain booze, and the other a drying out clinic.
Pretty sure the council already know given that Councillor Kelly has given a statement, just a hunch though...

As for what goes in the space - I'd love to see a gym! Boscombe is really lacking in gym facilities it's either boxing gyms or overpriced pokey hotel gyms. A nice selection of cardio machines, weights and classes would be ideal!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: When the council hears this, they will probably be interested in turning it into a huge rehab centre and doss house. No one would notice. Or it could become a tattoo parlour specialising in facial tattoos as these seem to be very popular with some Boscombe residents. Or one half could become bargain booze, and the other a drying out clinic.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure the council already know given that Councillor Kelly has given a statement, just a hunch though... As for what goes in the space - I'd love to see a gym! Boscombe is really lacking in gym facilities it's either boxing gyms or overpriced pokey hotel gyms. A nice selection of cardio machines, weights and classes would be ideal! rozmister
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

shaft says...

bbird wrote:
Let's be positive? The Sovereign Centre is dull and uninviting and what a disappointment for any tourists who visit. Maybe NewRiver can learn from West Quay (Southampton). And yes of course the whole area is depressing and feels (and is) unsafe. We go there to buy the best bread around (at the market), pop into Lidl & Aldi - and then escape for Aspalls cider down at Reef Encounter.

And why not move that meat van which blocks the view down the road, and really does little to attract shoppers. And blocks the view from the Tardis!
What tourist in their right mind would even think of visiting Boscombe, your only going to retail outlets that fit the area which will be cheap tacky or betting shops, drop in centers, take a good look around this area, if you were a visitor and new the issues there would you visit.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Let's be positive? The Sovereign Centre is dull and uninviting and what a disappointment for any tourists who visit. Maybe NewRiver can learn from West Quay (Southampton). And yes of course the whole area is depressing and feels (and is) unsafe. We go there to buy the best bread around (at the market), pop into Lidl & Aldi - and then escape for Aspalls cider down at Reef Encounter. And why not move that meat van which blocks the view down the road, and really does little to attract shoppers. And blocks the view from the Tardis![/p][/quote]What tourist in their right mind would even think of visiting Boscombe, your only going to retail outlets that fit the area which will be cheap tacky or betting shops, drop in centers, take a good look around this area, if you were a visitor and new the issues there would you visit. shaft
  • Score: -4

12:35pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
Yes definitely WAITROSE. Couldnt agree more.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]Yes definitely WAITROSE. Couldnt agree more. bbird
  • Score: 7

12:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Since when has a simple change of lease/freeholder on an existing shop building anywhere in the town been a "major redevelopment" ?
Since when has a simple change of lease/freeholder on an existing shop building anywhere in the town been a "major redevelopment" ? muscliffman
  • Score: 11

1:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

O'Reilly says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S. O'Reilly
  • Score: 9

1:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please. bbird
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Since when has a simple change of lease/freeholder on an existing shop building anywhere in the town been a "major redevelopment" ?
Since it now allows the joint owner to plan for a development of the whole site? The key words throughout are 'planning' and 'plan'. If you don't understand any story, don't worry I'm always happy to help...
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Since when has a simple change of lease/freeholder on an existing shop building anywhere in the town been a "major redevelopment" ?[/p][/quote]Since it now allows the joint owner to plan for a development of the whole site? The key words throughout are 'planning' and 'plan'. If you don't understand any story, don't worry I'm always happy to help... Baysider
  • Score: -3

2:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

rozmister says...

bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there!
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there! rozmister
  • Score: 6

2:46pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Baysider says...

rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there!
The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there![/p][/quote]The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf. Baysider
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

Better still, a really good Wholefoods, with lots of fresh organic vegetables. Can't even get radicchio here (well Parachute in Westbourne has one about 2x a year). There's plenty of 'earthy' people around Boscombe.
Better still, a really good Wholefoods, with lots of fresh organic vegetables. Can't even get radicchio here (well Parachute in Westbourne has one about 2x a year). There's plenty of 'earthy' people around Boscombe. bbird
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Huey says...

bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
Oh yes the shoplifters will love a Waitrose....
I remember sitting in the Palmerston Arms when the shoplifters used to come in and ask if anyone wanted anything from M&S for half price...
They soon moved to Castlepoint.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]Oh yes the shoplifters will love a Waitrose.... I remember sitting in the Palmerston Arms when the shoplifters used to come in and ask if anyone wanted anything from M&S for half price... They soon moved to Castlepoint. Huey
  • Score: 3

3:23pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

Baysider wrote:
MrsRuggaball wrote:
Thats fantastic news - it will be great to see that unit open and thriving and really boost the shopping centre. I cant understand why some people are so negative, it just seems like they want to keep Boscombe down!
Yep. There are plenty on here who would rather it remain empty as it gives them a another stick to beat the council with and allows them to continue running Boscombe down.
You cant continue to run something down that's already at rock bottom.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrsRuggaball[/bold] wrote: Thats fantastic news - it will be great to see that unit open and thriving and really boost the shopping centre. I cant understand why some people are so negative, it just seems like they want to keep Boscombe down![/p][/quote]Yep. There are plenty on here who would rather it remain empty as it gives them a another stick to beat the council with and allows them to continue running Boscombe down.[/p][/quote]You cant continue to run something down that's already at rock bottom. Hessenford
  • Score: 4

3:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

muscliffman wrote:
Since when has a simple change of lease/freeholder on an existing shop building anywhere in the town been a "major redevelopment" ?
Major redevelopment, does that include urine smelling stairways.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Since when has a simple change of lease/freeholder on an existing shop building anywhere in the town been a "major redevelopment" ?[/p][/quote]Major redevelopment, does that include urine smelling stairways. Hessenford
  • Score: 5

3:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

I could never understand Westfield moving to a rundown area (White City). Proved wrong. People will travel for somewhere good. I go regularly to West Quay especially for John Lewis & Ikea.

And judging by the ever busy Bosconova in Boscombe shopping precinct, there are people prepared to spend that bit for more for better quality.

Boscombe does need a 'mix' of shops but it needs a good choice (and a 'clean up' in every sense).
I could never understand Westfield moving to a rundown area (White City). Proved wrong. People will travel for somewhere good. I go regularly to West Quay especially for John Lewis & Ikea. And judging by the ever busy Bosconova in Boscombe shopping precinct, there are people prepared to spend that bit for more for better quality. Boscombe does need a 'mix' of shops but it needs a good choice (and a 'clean up' in every sense). bbird
  • Score: 13

3:48pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

bbird wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
Yes definitely WAITROSE. Couldnt agree more.
Waitrose have spent many years tailoring their style, products and service to the more discerning, better off customer.

There is absolutely no chance they are going to throw their reputation down the pan and open a shop in Boscombe high st.

I'm a bit surprised to even see Sainsbury's there.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]Yes definitely WAITROSE. Couldnt agree more.[/p][/quote]Waitrose have spent many years tailoring their style, products and service to the more discerning, better off customer. There is absolutely no chance they are going to throw their reputation down the pan and open a shop in Boscombe high st. I'm a bit surprised to even see Sainsbury's there. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -3

3:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

bbird wrote:
Better still, a really good Wholefoods, with lots of fresh organic vegetables. Can't even get radicchio here (well Parachute in Westbourne has one about 2x a year). There's plenty of 'earthy' people around Boscombe.
There's plenty of people covered in dirt, I'll give you that.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Better still, a really good Wholefoods, with lots of fresh organic vegetables. Can't even get radicchio here (well Parachute in Westbourne has one about 2x a year). There's plenty of 'earthy' people around Boscombe.[/p][/quote]There's plenty of people covered in dirt, I'll give you that. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

4:09pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Rach70 says...

Oh how I miss th days when that was the co-op or living, no sovereign centre, no pedestrianised street, not full of foreigners and drug addicts or alcoholics.
Oh how I miss th days when that was the co-op or living, no sovereign centre, no pedestrianised street, not full of foreigners and drug addicts or alcoholics. Rach70
  • Score: 17

5:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

BoscombeWarLord says...

Boscombe could do with another boozer, so that all those who are barred from Wetherspoons can have an hour in the new establishment before been thrown out of there as well.
Failing that a casino to go with the Bos Vegas branding or a revamped Junk & Disorderly superstore. (The shop that was once opposite Boscombe Crescent! Pure class)
Boscombe could do with another boozer, so that all those who are barred from Wetherspoons can have an hour in the new establishment before been thrown out of there as well. Failing that a casino to go with the Bos Vegas branding or a revamped Junk & Disorderly superstore. (The shop that was once opposite Boscombe Crescent! Pure class) BoscombeWarLord
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Tue 3 Jun 14

rozmister says...

Baysider wrote:
rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there!
The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.
I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there![/p][/quote]The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.[/p][/quote]I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores. rozmister
  • Score: 5

6:31pm Tue 3 Jun 14

patrician01 says...

How amazing it would be if M & S moved back into Boscombe ( even a Food Hall would be good) or something like The Range which would definitely encourage people into Boscombe. Maybe The Sovereign Centre should ask people what they would like to see there?
How amazing it would be if M & S moved back into Boscombe ( even a Food Hall would be good) or something like The Range which would definitely encourage people into Boscombe. Maybe The Sovereign Centre should ask people what they would like to see there? patrician01
  • Score: 14

7:04pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

rozmister wrote:
Baysider wrote:
rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there!
The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.
I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.
The reason Boscombe has empty shops is due to various issues of which we are well aware. But if Sovereign plans 'a significant development', then this is a golden opportunity for Boscombe. There is no reason why low cost traders can't sit near more upmarket traders. And some pleasant 'foodie' cafes with terraces & food shops would be welcome too (e.g. Giggi, Petit Prince, Da Mario, and what about a Polish restaurant). Perhaps even a cinema to attract visitors in the evening.

Yes at the moment Boscombe is not at it's best, but with some good planning there is no reason why things shouldn't look up. It is in a prime location, with some lovely areas closer to the sea. And should also attract East Cliff shoppers. Oh and why is there no regular bus service down to the beach?
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there![/p][/quote]The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.[/p][/quote]I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.[/p][/quote]The reason Boscombe has empty shops is due to various issues of which we are well aware. But if Sovereign plans 'a significant development', then this is a golden opportunity for Boscombe. There is no reason why low cost traders can't sit near more upmarket traders. And some pleasant 'foodie' cafes with terraces & food shops would be welcome too (e.g. Giggi, Petit Prince, Da Mario, and what about a Polish restaurant). Perhaps even a cinema to attract visitors in the evening. Yes at the moment Boscombe is not at it's best, but with some good planning there is no reason why things shouldn't look up. It is in a prime location, with some lovely areas closer to the sea. And should also attract East Cliff shoppers. Oh and why is there no regular bus service down to the beach? bbird
  • Score: 11

7:16pm Tue 3 Jun 14

eyesropen says...

I only go to boscombe when I need to shop at the Chinese supermarket these days. It'll take something special to tempt me back when I can shop without being hassled in southbourne or Christchurch. I lived in boscombe for 5yrs in the noughties and despite all their claims of regeneration it seems worse than ever.
I only go to boscombe when I need to shop at the Chinese supermarket these days. It'll take something special to tempt me back when I can shop without being hassled in southbourne or Christchurch. I lived in boscombe for 5yrs in the noughties and despite all their claims of regeneration it seems worse than ever. eyesropen
  • Score: 6

8:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Huey says...

Let's face it the area itself is fine south of Christchurch road but horrible to the north.
Not because of bricks and mortar, but because of the boscummers that the council, Dave Wells, and BCHA dumps there.
Shame as if you got rid of all the undesirables the suburb would be as nice as the rest of our town.
Can't see it changing in the near future, but I really hope I am wrong.
Let's face it the area itself is fine south of Christchurch road but horrible to the north. Not because of bricks and mortar, but because of the boscummers that the council, Dave Wells, and BCHA dumps there. Shame as if you got rid of all the undesirables the suburb would be as nice as the rest of our town. Can't see it changing in the near future, but I really hope I am wrong. Huey
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

VAGINADINER says...

That building would make one HELL of a Lazerquest..

Please stop running Bos-Ghanistan down. I came through on a bus late last night (@11.15pm) and I only saw two people sitting in a shop doorway with a Staffy.
Don't you realise the more you publicize things like this, the MORE others get on the bandwagon?
Boscombe (Notice I used it's real name?) is actually a REAL nice place, with only idiots to drag it down.
It needs something to raise the community spirit. Once this is done, most of the problems will slowly go away.
Others in the area seem to be happy to rip others off for rent etc WITHOUT providing quality housing. Same problem as above, because one does it and gets away with it, others follow!

I am PROUD to state that later this year I will be moving from Poole into the Boscombe area. If I see anyone that needs obvious help, then I will try to assist.
BUT, if I find that person is trying to put one over on me then "Vengeance will be mine!"

A home is what you make it, and I intend to make mine a good place to come home to after work...

Come on everybody, let's be nice to one another eh?
That building would make one HELL of a Lazerquest.. Please stop running Bos-Ghanistan down. I came through on a bus late last night (@11.15pm) and I only saw two people sitting in a shop doorway with a Staffy. Don't you realise the more you publicize things like this, the MORE others get on the bandwagon? Boscombe (Notice I used it's real name?) is actually a REAL nice place, with only idiots to drag it down. It needs something to raise the community spirit. Once this is done, most of the problems will slowly go away. Others in the area seem to be happy to rip others off for rent etc WITHOUT providing quality housing. Same problem as above, because one does it and gets away with it, others follow! I am PROUD to state that later this year I will be moving from Poole into the Boscombe area. If I see anyone that needs obvious help, then I will try to assist. BUT, if I find that person is trying to put one over on me then "Vengeance will be mine!" A home is what you make it, and I intend to make mine a good place to come home to after work... Come on everybody, let's be nice to one another eh? VAGINADINER
  • Score: 3

8:48pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Lizev2 says...

Pack it in all you wingers about Boscombe. Ok so Boscombe needs some positive input, with it, it could be greatly enhanced but whilst so many of you continue to have such a depressingly negative attitude you continue to give out negative images of a place which has so much to offer. Please help change the image of Boscombe and support all those people in the community that work so hard to make things better for Boscombe. There are much bigger issues in the world that might well benefit from your negative attitude, just change your location of focus and give the hard workers in Boscombe some support and look forward to a hugely improved area!
Pack it in all you wingers about Boscombe. Ok so Boscombe needs some positive input, with it, it could be greatly enhanced but whilst so many of you continue to have such a depressingly negative attitude you continue to give out negative images of a place which has so much to offer. Please help change the image of Boscombe and support all those people in the community that work so hard to make things better for Boscombe. There are much bigger issues in the world that might well benefit from your negative attitude, just change your location of focus and give the hard workers in Boscombe some support and look forward to a hugely improved area! Lizev2
  • Score: 2

8:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14

rozmister says...

bbird wrote:
rozmister wrote:
Baysider wrote:
rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there!
The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.
I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.
The reason Boscombe has empty shops is due to various issues of which we are well aware. But if Sovereign plans 'a significant development', then this is a golden opportunity for Boscombe. There is no reason why low cost traders can't sit near more upmarket traders. And some pleasant 'foodie' cafes with terraces & food shops would be welcome too (e.g. Giggi, Petit Prince, Da Mario, and what about a Polish restaurant). Perhaps even a cinema to attract visitors in the evening.

Yes at the moment Boscombe is not at it's best, but with some good planning there is no reason why things shouldn't look up. It is in a prime location, with some lovely areas closer to the sea. And should also attract East Cliff shoppers. Oh and why is there no regular bus service down to the beach?
I agree that more food shops like the examples you've given would be great in this space and I would hope it doesn't end up a Home Bargains but I think a Waitrose is running before you walk. As well, and it's just a personal preference, I'd prefer to see the space taken by local businesses who have a passion for the area rather than big business who pull out (like M & S) when the going gets tough!

I have complete faith that Boscombe will improve over time and grow into something better, you just need to look at all the thriving local businesses that already exist in the area and the great arts projects going on. Rome wasn't built in a day though!
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there![/p][/quote]The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.[/p][/quote]I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.[/p][/quote]The reason Boscombe has empty shops is due to various issues of which we are well aware. But if Sovereign plans 'a significant development', then this is a golden opportunity for Boscombe. There is no reason why low cost traders can't sit near more upmarket traders. And some pleasant 'foodie' cafes with terraces & food shops would be welcome too (e.g. Giggi, Petit Prince, Da Mario, and what about a Polish restaurant). Perhaps even a cinema to attract visitors in the evening. Yes at the moment Boscombe is not at it's best, but with some good planning there is no reason why things shouldn't look up. It is in a prime location, with some lovely areas closer to the sea. And should also attract East Cliff shoppers. Oh and why is there no regular bus service down to the beach?[/p][/quote]I agree that more food shops like the examples you've given would be great in this space and I would hope it doesn't end up a Home Bargains but I think a Waitrose is running before you walk. As well, and it's just a personal preference, I'd prefer to see the space taken by local businesses who have a passion for the area rather than big business who pull out (like M & S) when the going gets tough! I have complete faith that Boscombe will improve over time and grow into something better, you just need to look at all the thriving local businesses that already exist in the area and the great arts projects going on. Rome wasn't built in a day though! rozmister
  • Score: 2

8:58pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bbird says...

Lizev2 wrote:
Pack it in all you wingers about Boscombe. Ok so Boscombe needs some positive input, with it, it could be greatly enhanced but whilst so many of you continue to have such a depressingly negative attitude you continue to give out negative images of a place which has so much to offer. Please help change the image of Boscombe and support all those people in the community that work so hard to make things better for Boscombe. There are much bigger issues in the world that might well benefit from your negative attitude, just change your location of focus and give the hard workers in Boscombe some support and look forward to a hugely improved area!
I would like to think that the reason so many people comment on every Boscombe forum is because we are hoping that there will be a positive outcome. Yes some are overly negative but then we are not all great correspondents. I do like Boscombe (but not everything). It has some community spirit, which is more than many other places. And you can feel that many of the locals want to make it a good place to live in.

I can certainly see green at the end of the tunnel. And it would be my main shopping centre as it is nearby and there are many buses on the route. But it could be so much better, and I would spend a lot more if only there were some more interesting shops and cafes, more landscaping, and yes less slightly worrying characters around. And I feel so sorry for some of the dogs many of which seem to spend the day lying under a thick blanket and not have any exercise.
[quote][p][bold]Lizev2[/bold] wrote: Pack it in all you wingers about Boscombe. Ok so Boscombe needs some positive input, with it, it could be greatly enhanced but whilst so many of you continue to have such a depressingly negative attitude you continue to give out negative images of a place which has so much to offer. Please help change the image of Boscombe and support all those people in the community that work so hard to make things better for Boscombe. There are much bigger issues in the world that might well benefit from your negative attitude, just change your location of focus and give the hard workers in Boscombe some support and look forward to a hugely improved area![/p][/quote]I would like to think that the reason so many people comment on every Boscombe forum is because we are hoping that there will be a positive outcome. Yes some are overly negative but then we are not all great correspondents. I do like Boscombe (but not everything). It has some community spirit, which is more than many other places. And you can feel that many of the locals want to make it a good place to live in. I can certainly see green at the end of the tunnel. And it would be my main shopping centre as it is nearby and there are many buses on the route. But it could be so much better, and I would spend a lot more if only there were some more interesting shops and cafes, more landscaping, and yes less slightly worrying characters around. And I feel so sorry for some of the dogs many of which seem to spend the day lying under a thick blanket and not have any exercise. bbird
  • Score: 4

9:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Huey says...

Lizev2 wrote:
Pack it in all you wingers about Boscombe. Ok so Boscombe needs some positive input, with it, it could be greatly enhanced but whilst so many of you continue to have such a depressingly negative attitude you continue to give out negative images of a place which has so much to offer. Please help change the image of Boscombe and support all those people in the community that work so hard to make things better for Boscombe. There are much bigger issues in the world that might well benefit from your negative attitude, just change your location of focus and give the hard workers in Boscombe some support and look forward to a hugely improved area!
Don't tell us.
Tell whoever put the 60+ rehab centres there.
That is what brings the area down.
Otherwise yeah it is a nice place to live.
[quote][p][bold]Lizev2[/bold] wrote: Pack it in all you wingers about Boscombe. Ok so Boscombe needs some positive input, with it, it could be greatly enhanced but whilst so many of you continue to have such a depressingly negative attitude you continue to give out negative images of a place which has so much to offer. Please help change the image of Boscombe and support all those people in the community that work so hard to make things better for Boscombe. There are much bigger issues in the world that might well benefit from your negative attitude, just change your location of focus and give the hard workers in Boscombe some support and look forward to a hugely improved area![/p][/quote]Don't tell us. Tell whoever put the 60+ rehab centres there. That is what brings the area down. Otherwise yeah it is a nice place to live. Huey
  • Score: 10

9:48pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bmthgirl64 says...

Boscombe felt a lot classier when we had M & S and even Woolworths.. Please no more cheap shops!!! Home Bargains.. Iceland.. NO!! Wouldn't it be really nice to have some better quality shops... Next, H & M, Bhs.. I agree something like the Range would bring nicer people into the area. A nice restaurant would be good too... somewhere offering more than fast food. The Sovereign Centre is a lovely clean and pleasant shopping centre and managed extremely well managed.. with some nice shopping on the T J Hughes site then Boscombe could be looking up. The problem of run down flatlet houses remains and should be a priority to tackle.
Boscombe felt a lot classier when we had M & S and even Woolworths.. Please no more cheap shops!!! Home Bargains.. Iceland.. NO!! Wouldn't it be really nice to have some better quality shops... Next, H & M, Bhs.. I agree something like the Range would bring nicer people into the area. A nice restaurant would be good too... somewhere offering more than fast food. The Sovereign Centre is a lovely clean and pleasant shopping centre and managed extremely well managed.. with some nice shopping on the T J Hughes site then Boscombe could be looking up. The problem of run down flatlet houses remains and should be a priority to tackle. bmthgirl64
  • Score: 5

11:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

dylexic bobert says...

A massive arcade wiv dodgems waltzers and loads of frooties would be gr8.Also dem old bingo boards wow wicked. Or an indoor market where u could buy rolling papers lighters and non duty baccy instead of hanging at corals waiting 4 wayne! Or the biggest massage parlour in the south of England.Or the new traveller site that dorset been raving about.
A massive arcade wiv dodgems waltzers and loads of frooties would be gr8.Also dem old bingo boards wow wicked. Or an indoor market where u could buy rolling papers lighters and non duty baccy instead of hanging at corals waiting 4 wayne! Or the biggest massage parlour in the south of England.Or the new traveller site that dorset been raving about. dylexic bobert
  • Score: -4

11:43pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Tictock says...

Snag is - a pig is a pig. No matter what dress you put it in or what hat you put on it, even shave it's face, it is still a pig. And that is the situation with Boscombe. Used to be a very nice residential area with decent ;high street' Then the houses were bought by the hotel chains/owners and converted into HMOfor their staff who were actively recruited from Liverpool,. Indeed, back in the 1980's the police even had a Scoucer Squad to deal with problems associated with Liverpublians. This isn't racist/regionalist, it is history. With the population being as it was, alcohol and drug abuse grew and over time effort has been put in to reduce that. Been reported in the national press some years ago as a 'deprived area' and acknowledged.

So, a pig is a pig no matter what.

Stands back to await the delete tem and the howls of disagreement!
Snag is - a pig is a pig. No matter what dress you put it in or what hat you put on it, even shave it's face, it is still a pig. And that is the situation with Boscombe. Used to be a very nice residential area with decent ;high street' Then the houses were bought by the hotel chains/owners and converted into HMOfor their staff who were actively recruited from Liverpool,. Indeed, back in the 1980's the police even had a Scoucer Squad to deal with problems associated with Liverpublians. This isn't racist/regionalist, it is history. With the population being as it was, alcohol and drug abuse grew and over time effort has been put in to reduce that. Been reported in the national press some years ago as a 'deprived area' and acknowledged. So, a pig is a pig no matter what. Stands back to await the delete tem and the howls of disagreement! Tictock
  • Score: 3

7:59am Wed 4 Jun 14

Dorset Logic says...

If only councils and developers would retain the old victorian facades on shops. The older shots of Boscombe show a lovely, stylish street.

The older architecture of buildings has been retained in a lot of German towns, certainly the facade. The streets look inviting places to be.

Boscombe, I think still has that opportunity to present a tidy victorian appearance which would make it unique in the area and more inviting (providing the existing buildings are tidied up). Perhaps facades could be introduced onto some of the 60's stuff that went up, when councils thought that was the way forward.

It doesn't have to compete with Bournemouth or Castle point, it has to offer something different. Why rush for another supermarket or a Nandos/Frankie and Benny's?
If only councils and developers would retain the old victorian facades on shops. The older shots of Boscombe show a lovely, stylish street. The older architecture of buildings has been retained in a lot of German towns, certainly the facade. The streets look inviting places to be. Boscombe, I think still has that opportunity to present a tidy victorian appearance which would make it unique in the area and more inviting (providing the existing buildings are tidied up). Perhaps facades could be introduced onto some of the 60's stuff that went up, when councils thought that was the way forward. It doesn't have to compete with Bournemouth or Castle point, it has to offer something different. Why rush for another supermarket or a Nandos/Frankie and Benny's? Dorset Logic
  • Score: 6

8:07am Wed 4 Jun 14

bbird says...

Dorset Logic wrote:
If only councils and developers would retain the old victorian facades on shops. The older shots of Boscombe show a lovely, stylish street.

The older architecture of buildings has been retained in a lot of German towns, certainly the facade. The streets look inviting places to be.

Boscombe, I think still has that opportunity to present a tidy victorian appearance which would make it unique in the area and more inviting (providing the existing buildings are tidied up). Perhaps facades could be introduced onto some of the 60's stuff that went up, when councils thought that was the way forward.

It doesn't have to compete with Bournemouth or Castle point, it has to offer something different. Why rush for another supermarket or a Nandos/Frankie and Benny's?
Totally agree (although a Waitrose and/or Wholefoods with a Victorian facade would be lovely)
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Logic[/bold] wrote: If only councils and developers would retain the old victorian facades on shops. The older shots of Boscombe show a lovely, stylish street. The older architecture of buildings has been retained in a lot of German towns, certainly the facade. The streets look inviting places to be. Boscombe, I think still has that opportunity to present a tidy victorian appearance which would make it unique in the area and more inviting (providing the existing buildings are tidied up). Perhaps facades could be introduced onto some of the 60's stuff that went up, when councils thought that was the way forward. It doesn't have to compete with Bournemouth or Castle point, it has to offer something different. Why rush for another supermarket or a Nandos/Frankie and Benny's?[/p][/quote]Totally agree (although a Waitrose and/or Wholefoods with a Victorian facade would be lovely) bbird
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

stevobath says...

Dig up the pedestrian area.
Things went rapidly downhill when those in power decided to sabotage

Boscombe, thus leaving the town centre with nothing to really compete with.
Dig up the pedestrian area. Things went rapidly downhill when those in power decided to sabotage Boscombe, thus leaving the town centre with nothing to really compete with. stevobath
  • Score: 0

3:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Turn it into a police station.
Turn it into a police station. speedy231278
  • Score: -2

9:07pm Wed 4 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
Not much choice??? You obviously do not cook.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]Not much choice??? You obviously do not cook. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -2

9:13pm Wed 4 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

bbird wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
Yes definitely WAITROSE. Couldnt agree more.
Cheer up the hoards of shoplifters that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]Yes definitely WAITROSE. Couldnt agree more.[/p][/quote]Cheer up the hoards of shoplifters that's for sure. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -3

9:50pm Wed 4 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

bbird wrote:
rozmister wrote:
Baysider wrote:
rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
Bob Bournemouth wrote:
curryandstella wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish
They are expensive too and not much choice of products!
The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.
You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.
I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there!
The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.
I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.
The reason Boscombe has empty shops is due to various issues of which we are well aware. But if Sovereign plans 'a significant development', then this is a golden opportunity for Boscombe. There is no reason why low cost traders can't sit near more upmarket traders. And some pleasant 'foodie' cafes with terraces & food shops would be welcome too (e.g. Giggi, Petit Prince, Da Mario, and what about a Polish restaurant). Perhaps even a cinema to attract visitors in the evening.

Yes at the moment Boscombe is not at it's best, but with some good planning there is no reason why things shouldn't look up. It is in a prime location, with some lovely areas closer to the sea. And should also attract East Cliff shoppers. Oh and why is there no regular bus service down to the beach?
You;re living in cuckoo land.

As for 'major development' did you not read what the much vaulted development in Newcastle - an Iceland and 99p store and Home Bargains.

They know their market and footfall.

People who shop in Waitrose will not come to Boscombe (and I'm one of them_
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: WAITROSE! Get some class in there instead of the usual rubbish[/p][/quote]They are expensive too and not much choice of products![/p][/quote]The Co-op is more expensive than the rest of them, even Waitrose and M&S.[/p][/quote]You've got Aldi Lidl Sainsbury's ... enough choice for you! So Waitrose for the rest of us please.[/p][/quote]I think you're in a minority in Boscombe wanting a Waitrose. Look at the other areas with Waitroses...Winton, Wimborne, Christchurch - they're not like Boscombe. It would be you and about 10 other people shopping there![/p][/quote]The Ashley Rd one does ok tbf.[/p][/quote]I love Boscombe, I lived there for years but you cannot for a second compare it to Parkstone. You're talking about a totally different type of clientele. Give it 10 - 15 years and then maybe Boscombe will be ready for a Waitrose but at the moment it's hard to fill the empty shops with anything let alone tempt retailers with a premium brand to an area where the majority of residents struggle for money and shop in budget stores.[/p][/quote]The reason Boscombe has empty shops is due to various issues of which we are well aware. But if Sovereign plans 'a significant development', then this is a golden opportunity for Boscombe. There is no reason why low cost traders can't sit near more upmarket traders. And some pleasant 'foodie' cafes with terraces & food shops would be welcome too (e.g. Giggi, Petit Prince, Da Mario, and what about a Polish restaurant). Perhaps even a cinema to attract visitors in the evening. Yes at the moment Boscombe is not at it's best, but with some good planning there is no reason why things shouldn't look up. It is in a prime location, with some lovely areas closer to the sea. And should also attract East Cliff shoppers. Oh and why is there no regular bus service down to the beach?[/p][/quote]You;re living in cuckoo land. As for 'major development' did you not read what the much vaulted development in Newcastle - an Iceland and 99p store and Home Bargains. They know their market and footfall. People who shop in Waitrose will not come to Boscombe (and I'm one of them_ scrumpyjack
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10:47am Fri 6 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

I used to go to Boscombe shopping when TJ Hughes was there as that was a good shop.

Now that Poole/Bournemouth have pound shops, 99p stores and Home Bargains there is no need to go to Boscombe at all!

It is a shame as the victorian arcade is fantastic and boscombe overcliff is very nice. A few rotten apples spoil it for everyone.
I used to go to Boscombe shopping when TJ Hughes was there as that was a good shop. Now that Poole/Bournemouth have pound shops, 99p stores and Home Bargains there is no need to go to Boscombe at all! It is a shame as the victorian arcade is fantastic and boscombe overcliff is very nice. A few rotten apples spoil it for everyone. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
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