Remembering the Cascades Food Court and the shops lost in the Portsmouth shopping centre over the years

If you ask many people in Portsmouth what they miss about Commercial Road, a large number would instantly say the much-lamented Cascades Food Court.

The basement level food court was closed in 2004 as part of a massive £20m revamp of the western end of the shopping centre, which also saw the glass elevators disappear and the area converted to reconfigure the retail units around what is now occupied by Sports Direct and TK Maxx.

It is one of just a number of changes within the Cascades which has seen retailers such as Woolworths and Littlewoods disappear, and some of the units reconfigured such as the expanded Primark. Other high street staples such as M&S and Dorothy Perkins have also said farewell to the Cascades, while other popular names such as Lush and New Look have opened there in recent years. And that is just the changes to the Cascades itself, with many other popular names such as Allders, Debenhams, Wilko and You Need Us also vanishing from the city centre over the years.

Here is a walk down memory lane of the Cascades over the years: