Whiteley shopping centre celebrates first birthday with 4.7m visitors in 12 months

Daily Echo: Denise van Outen at the opening of the shopping centre last year. Denise van Outen at the opening of the shopping centre last year.

A HAMPSHIRE shopping centre has celebrated its first birthday in style – after a successful year in which more than four million shoppers visited.

Whiteley Shopping Centre marked its milestone this weekend with a party – and an obligatory giant cake.

The £84m facility opened with much fanfare last spring, which included celebrity support from Denise van Outen.

Centre manager Neil Carter said in its first year the centre had exceeded expectations, with more footfall than they had anticipated and better retail sales – and he is confident the shopping centre will go from strength to strength.

On Saturday the centre marked its special day with activities and the chance for a shopper to win a £1,000 Whiteley shopping spree in a free prize draw.

The centre features a mixture of 85 well-known high street brand names and nine independents, as well as a number of restaurants.

In the last year it has added eight to the original 50 shops and restaurants, with newcomers including Monsoon, Phase Eight, YO! Sushi and Wagamama.

Last May its opening brought traffic chaos as tens of thousands of shoppers flocked to the centre, close to junction 9 of the M27.

TV and theatre star Denise van Outen was there to cut the ribbon on the Mamas and Papas store.

More than 1,000 people are employed at the shopping centre, and 1,900 more workers and specialist contractors were involved in building work.

The centre is also looking to the future, with construction work already under way on Whiteley’s £18m leisure extension to the north, which includes a nine-screen Cineworld cinema along with Five Guys, Nando’s, PizzaExpress and Coast to Coast.

This next phase of the project is due to open next summer and will create 180 new jobs.

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8:47am Mon 26 May 14

Babylon51 says...

Why build a cinema if you have parking restrictions. Is this a way for more daylight robbery. Same if you're shopping, you can't stop for something to eat as well because you will get a ticket.
Why build a cinema if you have parking restrictions. Is this a way for more daylight robbery. Same if you're shopping, you can't stop for something to eat as well because you will get a ticket. Babylon51
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10:09am Mon 26 May 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
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11:19am Mon 26 May 14

andysaints007 says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
PLANK
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.[/p][/quote]PLANK andysaints007
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11:26am Mon 26 May 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G

raham
wrote:
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
PLANK
Not a "PLANK", Andy darling - just a realist.
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.[/p][/quote]PLANK[/p][/quote]Not a "PLANK", Andy darling - just a realist. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
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11:26am Mon 26 May 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G


raham
wrote:
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
PLANK
Not a "PLANK", Andy darling - just a realist.
Not a "PLANK", Andy darling - just a realist.
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.[/p][/quote]PLANK[/p][/quote]Not a "PLANK", Andy darling - just a realist.[/p][/quote]Not a "PLANK", Andy darling - just a realist. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
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11:37am Mon 26 May 14

elvisimo says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.[/p][/quote]Idiot elvisimo
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12:58pm Mon 26 May 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

elvisimo wrote:
Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G

raham
wrote:
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
Idiot
Looks like the Echo's resident band of intellectuals are out in force today.
Witness me quiver 'neath their tempestuous onslaught of wisdom.
No, really .....
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.[/p][/quote]Idiot[/p][/quote]Looks like the Echo's resident band of intellectuals are out in force today. Witness me quiver 'neath their tempestuous onslaught of wisdom. No, really ..... Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
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3:07pm Mon 26 May 14

bobby the crane says...

I firmly agree that the Echo should introduce some sort of IQ & elocution test to many of the registered people who make these stupid & unnecessary, comments on this great Newspaper, further more why not vet the stupid remarks before they are posted
I firmly agree that the Echo should introduce some sort of IQ & elocution test to many of the registered people who make these stupid & unnecessary, comments on this great Newspaper, further more why not vet the stupid remarks before they are posted bobby the crane
  • Score: 5

1:58pm Tue 27 May 14

S!monOn says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway.
Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.
Can you elaborate on "deservedly so" and tell us the factual reasons why?

You seem to wage a one-man war against this place, which has no justification.

Hopefully, this place WILL be here for years to come and continue to provide much needed jobs for people in the local area.
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: In less than another year, this place will be recognised for the huge White Elephant that it is. In times of ever-decreasing disposable income, there'll be even less suckers lining up to watch those lame-brained AmeriKKKan "blockbusters" and stuff their face with overpriced sewage from third-rate restaurants, let alone drive to Whiteley to buy inflated tat from a tinpot collective of souless multinationals which can be found in Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton anyway. Even as La Van Outen cut that ribbon 12 months ago, a blind man could see that this development would have no happy ending. Whiteley will be remembered in the history books as being the "last hurrah" of the Candy Floss economy, and deservedly so.[/p][/quote]Can you elaborate on "deservedly so" and tell us the factual reasons why? You seem to wage a one-man war against this place, which has no justification. Hopefully, this place WILL be here for years to come and continue to provide much needed jobs for people in the local area. S!monOn
  • Score: -1

10:47pm Tue 27 May 14

Dave Of The South says...

Perhaps the previous people who posted on here about Whiteley are not aware that apx 3000 new homes are to be built just north of the shopping development. Also, parking is free after 6pm & the daytime parking is just a couple of pounds or so if staying longer than 2 or 3 hrs (depends upon chosen car park). Not the hyped up prices in Southampton/Portsmou
th. Retailers do their sums - if the business model is not profitable they will not come. Whiteley is virtually full of shops unlike certain high streets with boarded up windows etc. If the public transport to Whiteley were improved then the place would be perfect.
Perhaps the previous people who posted on here about Whiteley are not aware that apx 3000 new homes are to be built just north of the shopping development. Also, parking is free after 6pm & the daytime parking is just a couple of pounds or so if staying longer than 2 or 3 hrs (depends upon chosen car park). Not the hyped up prices in Southampton/Portsmou th. Retailers do their sums - if the business model is not profitable they will not come. Whiteley is virtually full of shops unlike certain high streets with boarded up windows etc. If the public transport to Whiteley were improved then the place would be perfect. Dave Of The South
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