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Shop Vacant
- Al (18th Mar 2023 - 12:02:16)

I see the shop in the square next to the bike shop has had its windows whitewashed, anybody know if a new occupant is taking it over?

Re: Shop Vacant
- paul (18th Mar 2023 - 14:36:49)

Without any commercial signage to let or buy, I would think preparations to domestic dwellings is taking place.

Re: Shop Vacant
- Jen (18th Mar 2023 - 17:32:44)

You can read previous threads on this subject and find that this is a long term, sensitive project. The new owner would like to renovate this building to fit in with the conservation area of The Square.

Re: Shop Vacant
- Al (20th Mar 2023 - 06:55:11)

So another shop being converted to a house or to fit in with the conservation, sensitive? If we get any more sensitive in Liphook we won't have any shops or infrastructure at all. As I have said before, too many houses not enough commercial outlets to support, and by commercial outlets I don't mean any more architecture/ re design businesses, places to eat or drink, estate agents and hairdressers.

Re: Shop Vacant
- Joe (20th Mar 2023 - 07:44:37)

It would certainly blend in better as a two storey bargate stone built property without the ugly fascia. The rest of the commercial signage is not in my opinion conservation area status.

Re: Shop Vacant
- Al (20th Mar 2023 - 08:34:46)

Conservation is all very well but it doesn't add a lot to footfall in the big picture. Take for example the old post office, redesigned nicely but nobody operational in there just an attractive shell, the place opposite which operates in the same business, nobody ever in there, Andy's armories, notice on window saying by appointment only, not an attractive outlet in the least, the clock shop in station road, by appointment only, the golden boat Chinese doesn't seem to do much business get the picture here?
Surely if you have a business you should be seen occasionally to be operating. Liphook used to be thriving but for a long time now has gradually declined. Obviously Covid didn't help but we need more attractive businesses now to being customers in not alienate them.

Re: Shop Vacant
- Joe (20th Mar 2023 - 12:42:25)

When people can buy so much on line including getting a take away delivered by deliveroo etc perhaps businesses need to consider what there is a real demand for in Liphook ? and also have a look at what Haslemere is good at- one thing it is good at is not having ugly shop signs on their high street. It was quite sad , I read on the website “next door” that an ex army chef was considering opening a food establishment in Alton and he did a straw poll online as to what customers wanted, the majority voted for a take away burger van. Very sad.

Re: Shop Vacant
- PR (20th Mar 2023 - 17:21:22)

The worst building frontage in Liphook by far is the Madhuban Two, dirty, cracking rendering, wheelie bins on the street etc., probably do a good curry though !!

Still an eyesore.

Re: Shop Vacant
- Al (23rd Mar 2023 - 14:36:11)

Perhaps a good pie shop like the one in Petersfield would be beneficial. One good shop which has gone by the wayside was The Granary, always did a roaring trade and was brilliant bread, nothing against the bakers in Station road but one in the centre of the village would be brilliant, also a good butchers like in the past.

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