HERE are five businesses which have closed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and parts of east Dorset in March. 

Poole Quay Hotel 

The former Thistle Hotel finally closed its doors “with immediate effect” following months of speculation this month. 

London-based developer MHA was given planning permission last summer to tear down the 1980s building and replace it with five new buildings including flats, a hotel and shops – but MHA has gone into liquidation. 

A notice on the door said: “With immediate effect, we regret to inform you that Poole Quay Hotel is now closed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances.” 

Bournemouth Echo: Poole Quay Hotel


It was the end of an era for the Bournemouth town centre nightclub as it shut after 11 years of nights out. 

The closure was blamed on a combination of a change of student culture and the external pressures of Brexit and cost of living crisis. 

First opened in 2013, the club has had to let more than 50 members of staff go with club owner, Ty Temel, gutted by the personal and wider loss to Bournemouth. 

Bournemouth Echo: Halo will close after  11 years of business.

Bournemouth and Poole Car Sales 

The used car dealership in Ringwood Road, Poole reached the end of the road earlier this month after eight years. 

Documents on Companies House show 15 creditors are owed £430,700 between them after the business went into liquidation. 

But since then another car dealership G W Hall, formerly of Old Wareham Road, moved in and opened up. 

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth and Poole Car Sales, Ringwood Road

The Anchorage 

The Canford Cliffs restaurant and hotel which replaced the former Loch Fyne brand announced its closure earlier this month. 

The venue, which opened in 2022 in Haven Road, said on social media: "Our journey has come to an end. 

"Thank you for all of your support. "We would like to wish all the best for our loyal guests and thank you for being with us. We have enjoyed every moment." 

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Poole Housing Partnership 

The council-owned firm will finally be dissolved after its staff and assets were transferred to BCP Homes in July 2022 following the merger of the three councils. 

PHP was founded in 2004 during the days of Poole Borough Council and was set up to provide “high quality” housing management services to Poole’s residents.  

Its last year of full trading in 2021/22 was described as “challenging” by its former chairman Robert Webber. 

Bournemouth Echo: Sterte Court