Homeware store Sabichi closing just a year after opening of Whiteley Shopping Centre

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A HOMEWARE shop is to close a year after setting up in a new shopping mall in Hampshire – and will be replaced with women’s fashion store Monsoon.

Sabichi in Whiteley Shopping Centre is holding a closing down sale as it comes to the end of its 12-month lease contract.

The 20-year-old firm opened an outlet at the centre in early summer last year selling a range of upmarket homeware goods.

But it is due to shut its doors a year on with company bosses saying it was only ever intended as a temporary “pop up” store.

The Daily Echo understands that women’s clothing store Monsoon has been lined up to replace the store once a refit has taken place.

Whiteley Shopping Centre opened last May creating around 1,550 jobs and bringing a huge selection of high street brand names.

Nearly 2,000 more workers and specialist contractors were involved in building work.

As reported, more than 30 jobs will be created at the centre when pan-Asian restaurant Wagamama and Japanese eatery YO! Sushi open their doors.

They join a growing collection of well-known restaurants including Chimichanga, Dean’s Diner, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo and Harvester.

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9:32am Wed 22 Jan 14

S Pance says...

Sabichi is closing after just a year; the tree house shop has already been bulldozed. The café located in that little wooden shed was closed up last time I visited.

Why the high churn rate of shops?

Is "Whiteley" short for "White-eley-phant" I wonder?
Sabichi is closing after just a year; the tree house shop has already been bulldozed. The café located in that little wooden shed was closed up last time I visited. Why the high churn rate of shops? Is "Whiteley" short for "White-eley-phant" I wonder? S Pance

9:52am Wed 22 Jan 14

adamello says...

S Pance wrote:
Sabichi is closing after just a year; the tree house shop has already been bulldozed. The café located in that little wooden shed was closed up last time I visited.

Why the high churn rate of shops?

Is "Whiteley" short for "White-eley-phant" I wonder?
cafe has always been open when I've been, most recently a week or so ago
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: Sabichi is closing after just a year; the tree house shop has already been bulldozed. The café located in that little wooden shed was closed up last time I visited. Why the high churn rate of shops? Is "Whiteley" short for "White-eley-phant" I wonder?[/p][/quote]cafe has always been open when I've been, most recently a week or so ago adamello

10:47am Wed 22 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

S Pance wrote:
Sabichi is closing after just a year; the tree house shop has already been bulldozed. The café located in that little wooden shed was closed up last time I visited.

Why the high churn rate of shops?

Is "Whiteley" short for "White-eley-phant" I wonder?
did you bother to read the article? it was only ever intended to be a temporary pop up shop. Now they have agreed a permanent letting. Speak to a few of the retailers and see how they are trading - may be the reason why developers nationwide are basing their new out of town provision on the Whitley scheme and why they have more retailers wanting units than they have space available....
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: Sabichi is closing after just a year; the tree house shop has already been bulldozed. The café located in that little wooden shed was closed up last time I visited. Why the high churn rate of shops? Is "Whiteley" short for "White-eley-phant" I wonder?[/p][/quote]did you bother to read the article? it was only ever intended to be a temporary pop up shop. Now they have agreed a permanent letting. Speak to a few of the retailers and see how they are trading - may be the reason why developers nationwide are basing their new out of town provision on the Whitley scheme and why they have more retailers wanting units than they have space available.... elvisimo

12:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

FreemantleJamez says...

I think Whitely is a good centre however road access really needs to be improved with the completion of Whitely Way.
I think Whitely is a good centre however road access really needs to be improved with the completion of Whitely Way. FreemantleJamez

1:16am Thu 23 Jan 14

Dave Of The South says...

Needs more buses to the Whiteley shops - how about some from Southampton?
Needs more buses to the Whiteley shops - how about some from Southampton? Dave Of The South

2:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Carlos in Fareham says...

The previous outlet precinct at Whiteley was a windswept place. I think that they have made a mistake by not placing a roof over the new Shopping Centre. Apparently the development cost around £60 million. A roof would not have added much to the cost and would make the place into a truly year-round shpping destination. I was there a few days ago and the wind was howling around the place.
The previous outlet precinct at Whiteley was a windswept place. I think that they have made a mistake by not placing a roof over the new Shopping Centre. Apparently the development cost around £60 million. A roof would not have added much to the cost and would make the place into a truly year-round shpping destination. I was there a few days ago and the wind was howling around the place. Carlos in Fareham

2:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

Poppy22 says...

The first time we saw the new Centre, my partner and I immediately picked out the shops that wouldn't last! Apart from the normal everyday shops, the others are very weird! And who wants to buy American "chocolate" - dreadful stuff! A couple of the former good shops have been lost from Whiteley too. We also noticed that the expensive cosmetics in Boots were being melted in the sunlight streaming into the front of the shop! We also would never go there when it's raining or windy as it's just as bad as it was for an unpleasant shopping experience in bad weather. I thought the new rebuilt Centre was supposed to be providing a bank and local shops (eg butcher, baker, etc) - instead there's a shop calling itself "Bank" which isn't, a cafe calling itself something like "The Bakery" when it isn't, and no butchers. But there's the "essential" betting shop, of course and about 5-10 different places competing to serve us coffee. All in all, a big disappointment (apart from a few new restaurants for evening meals, the convenience for some of M&S, Next, etc now on every motorway junction we have!) and we can't see why the former Centre was bulldozed (such a waste of money etc) when they might just as well have put a roof over the walkways and made the shop units into a viable local shopping centre with at least one bank. Instead, people still have to drive to Park Gate (really difficult to park and a very dangerous junction to exit from the car park), Locksheath or Fareham, to visit their banks or a butcher, which is crazy. And now, to make matters worse, they've put speed bumps (which are already crumbling!) along the full length of Yew Tree Drive, which will stop many of us from that side of Whiteley, Burridge, Swanwick etc, going to the shopping centre on a regular basis (and the Post Office - I'm now going to Locksheath!), or we'll have car wheel alignment bills every month or so, while the racers and 4-wheel-drivers will still go speeding over the bumps! And as for the opening of Rookery Avenue and Whiteley Way, which were supposed to open about 15-20 years ago now, what on earth is happening with that? So much for the builders paying for those roads to open and costly lawsuits might have not been necessary if people had just got around a table with a negotiator and sorted it out years ago. So what if the Council had had to pay over the odds for the land for the Whiteley Way exit - better than costly lawsuits and 2 generations' - minimum! - waiting for essential roads to open up.
The first time we saw the new Centre, my partner and I immediately picked out the shops that wouldn't last! Apart from the normal everyday shops, the others are very weird! And who wants to buy American "chocolate" - dreadful stuff! A couple of the former good shops have been lost from Whiteley too. We also noticed that the expensive cosmetics in Boots were being melted in the sunlight streaming into the front of the shop! We also would never go there when it's raining or windy as it's just as bad as it was for an unpleasant shopping experience in bad weather. I thought the new rebuilt Centre was supposed to be providing a bank and local shops (eg butcher, baker, etc) - instead there's a shop calling itself "Bank" which isn't, a cafe calling itself something like "The Bakery" when it isn't, and no butchers. But there's the "essential" betting shop, of course and about 5-10 different places competing to serve us coffee. All in all, a big disappointment (apart from a few new restaurants for evening meals, the convenience for some of M&S, Next, etc now on every motorway junction we have!) and we can't see why the former Centre was bulldozed (such a waste of money etc) when they might just as well have put a roof over the walkways and made the shop units into a viable local shopping centre with at least one bank. Instead, people still have to drive to Park Gate (really difficult to park and a very dangerous junction to exit from the car park), Locksheath or Fareham, to visit their banks or a butcher, which is crazy. And now, to make matters worse, they've put speed bumps (which are already crumbling!) along the full length of Yew Tree Drive, which will stop many of us from that side of Whiteley, Burridge, Swanwick etc, going to the shopping centre on a regular basis (and the Post Office - I'm now going to Locksheath!), or we'll have car wheel alignment bills every month or so, while the racers and 4-wheel-drivers will still go speeding over the bumps! And as for the opening of Rookery Avenue and Whiteley Way, which were supposed to open about 15-20 years ago now, what on earth is happening with that? So much for the builders paying for those roads to open and costly lawsuits might have not been necessary if people had just got around a table with a negotiator and sorted it out years ago. So what if the Council had had to pay over the odds for the land for the Whiteley Way exit - better than costly lawsuits and 2 generations' - minimum! - waiting for essential roads to open up. Poppy22

2:54am Fri 24 Jan 14

Poppy22 says...

Have just noticed in the photo the missed opportunity for providing at least some shelter from sun and rain by putting in overhanging rooves, instead of the tiny bit of non-cover there is. Who on earth designs these places? I'd want my money back!
Have just noticed in the photo the missed opportunity for providing at least some shelter from sun and rain by putting in overhanging rooves, instead of the tiny bit of non-cover there is. Who on earth designs these places? I'd want my money back! Poppy22

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