IT’S a case of one door closing and another opening for a footwear chain.
Pavers Shoes has been forced to move out of its outlet at Whiteley Village, as the shopping centre is being closed for redevelopment.
But it will still have a local presence, as it is opening a shop in Port Solent on Sunday.
The chain, which sells brand-name footwear as well as its own styles, says demand for its discount shoes remains high, despite less being spent in the retail sector.
Beth Morgan-Henderson, of Pavers Shoes, said: ‘The popularity of our top brand quality comfort shoes at discount prices is growing, and we’re expecting our new Port Solent store to be a big hit with stylish Hampshire shoppers.
‘We are looking forward to welcoming our loyal existing customers back, together with new ones too.’
The store will be offering customers the chance to win free shoes for a year at its launch on Sunday.
Port Solent has seen an influx in new shops and restaurants opening this year, despite the economy.
Port Solent’s Hannah Hall said: ‘We have been experiencing a definite resurgence at Port Solent over the last year with more and more customers returning.
‘Our footfall figures show an ever-increasing graph with more than 140,000 visitors in June alone.
‘Of course, our recent new additions have helped Port Solent grow and we now have everything you need for a relaxing day out.
‘To complement the existing variety of specialist retail outlets we have introduced a series of markets this year, which offer customers a unique waterside shopping experience.
‘To make Port Solent more appealing to families, we have also introduced the Port Solent Kidz Club, with free activities for children every Wednesday and Saturday of every school holiday.’