Druckers’ closure fails to come as a surprise to Westonians

PUBLISHED: 07:28 11 August 2018

The new-look food court at the Sovereign Centre.

The new-look food court at the Sovereign Centre.

© Henrique Maia 2015

Westonians have had their say after the sole occupant of the Sovereign Shopping Centre food court closed down.

Druckers shut its doors less than two years after half a million pounds was spent to ‘significantly improve’ it.

Sovereign Centre manager Nick Cooke admitted the food court redevelopment has been a ‘disappointment which never really worked’.

A whopping £500,000 was spent by former asset manager Vixcroft in 2016 to create the six-unit food hall, with the hope of attracting new traders. But this never came to fruition as Druckers occupied a café at the shopping centre prior to the revamp.

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Joanna Wilkins said: “It was much more inviting as it was, after it was revamped it was like sitting in a warehouse and Druckers had such a small area they couldn’t offer a fraction of what they used to.”

Ruth Harper wrote: “I think the opening of all the other restaurants in Dolphin Square did not help, they are nice but it hasn’t done much good for all the little hidden cafés.”

Glenda Gordon commented: “It’s a shame Druckers has gone as they seemed to be doing very well in the original area.”

Steve Mellor said: “What a shame, when they changed it the place felt cold and not very welcoming. I don’t think it worked for that space and it is a shame it has gone.”

Deni Anderson was ‘not surprised’ by the closure.

She commented: “Before the improvements, Druckers was nearly always busy but afterwards the food area became very dull and dreary, looking cold and uninviting. I don’t think I have ever seen more than two people in there at any one time.

“I used to use Druckers quite a bit before but haven’t been in since the revamp.

“The old saying comes to mind – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

“The whole of the High Street and shopping centre is looking jaded these days so it will take more than a make over of a food area to bring it back to life.”

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