New California cocktail bar Baja Mexicali to open next week at Whiteley Shopping Centre

A NEW ‘Californian’ cocktail bar will be opening its doors to punters from the first time on Monday.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 7:50 am
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 8:41 am

Baja Mexicali, based at Whiteley Shopping Centre, will serve up a range of tacos, burritos, churros and more for takeaway and collection.

The independent restaurant is one of several sites at the shopping hub preparing to open from Monday as national lockdown measures ease up.

As part of the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of the pandemic, non-essential retail stores have been given the green light to resume trading.

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General views around Whiteley shopping centre, Fareham, 1st April 2021
General views around Whiteley shopping centre, Fareham, 1st April 2021

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In Whiteley that means clothing shops like H&M, Next and JD Sports will be open once again, as well as the centre’s hairdressers, beauty salon and Rock Up climbing experience.

A selection of other restaurants and cafés including Wagamama, Nando’s, Prezzo and Bar + Block and more will also have outdoor space for customers to enjoy seated dining in groups of up to six people or two households.

To help keep everybody safe, the centre will continue to have its one way ‘keep left’ system, hand sanitising stations and enhanced cleaning regimes in place. All visitors must also wear a face covering in stores unless exempt for medical reasons.

Whiteley Shopping Centre has a one-way system in place for customers.

Mia Gordon, centre director at Whiteley, said: ‘We’re really excited to welcome everyone back to Whiteley. It’s a long-awaited return for many of our retailers, as well as a chance for newcomer Baja Mexacali to open its doors here for the first time.

‘It’s of course really important that we all continue to work together to help keep everybody safe. Everyone visiting us in the coming weeks can expect to see all of our extra safety measures still in place, and our team will be on the ground helping to remind customers of the government guidance.’

Opening times and policies of individual retailers may vary, so it is always recommended that you check with them directly before setting off.

Madlena Mantean and Dom Court at Starbucks, Whiteley Shopping Centre

More information to help you plan your next visit to Whiteley can be found on its website at: whiteleyshopping.co.uk/planning-your-visit.

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Elliot Reed cleaning touch points around in the shopping centre