Waterlooville Waitrose: Supermarket is 'in talks' over the future of its empty shop before its lease expires

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Supermarket chain Waitrose has confirmed that it is “in talks” about the future of its empty Waterlooville shop which has stood vacant for more than three years.

The Waitrose store in Dukes Walk shut its doors for the final time in September 2020, delaying its closure as a result of the pandemic, and since then local people have speculated about what will happen to the building.

Following the news that a new branch of discount chain Aldi will be coming to the town, some speculated that the former Waitrose site would be redeveloped to this end – but Aldi has confirmed that plans to construct a new purpose-built store in Elettra Avenue are still going ahead.

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The former Waitrose supermarket in Waterlooville has been vacant for more than three years.The former Waitrose supermarket in Waterlooville has been vacant for more than three years.
The former Waitrose supermarket in Waterlooville has been vacant for more than three years.

Now, a spokesperson for The John Lewis Partnership – the company behind Waitrose – has said the chain is “in talks with the landlords” about future plans for the building’s occupation raising hopes that it will not continue to remain empty for years. However, these plans are still in their early stages.

The Waitrose spokesperson confirmed the company still holds the lease on the property and this will run out in 2026.