The old Brook Social Club site in Fair Oak square is once again open for business as a shop after the Mayor of Eastleigh officially opened a new Co-op Welcome Store in the Village Centre.
The village landmark that was converted into a supermarket by Morrisions has been empty again since 2016 after the M Local store chain went bust only months after the buying the store from the supermarket giant.
This time though, a family business W.J & R Dance Ltd – who have experience of running convenience stores for over 30 years – are bringing the shop back to life in partnership with the Co-op.
The new shop features an expanded range of fresh food, bakery and locally produced products, as well as premium frozen meals, side dishes and desserts and will be open from 6am to 11pm daily. (7am Sundays).
At the opening owner Richard Dance presented Mayor Cllr Bruce Tennent with a cheque for £300 towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal and said:
“We’re really keen that our new Fair Oak store serves as a real community hub for local people, responding quickly to customer needs. We are looking forward to becoming involved in, and supporting the local community.”
The Mayor said he was pleased to see a new store in Fair Oak bringing more bustle into the square especially as it has provided 17 new jobs in the village.
Importantly, the store has its own car park and with the local population rapidly expanding due to new housing developments bringing hundreds of new homes into the area, it could well succeed where others have failed.