THEY’RE taking away the giant Q at Westquay shopping centre in Southampton.

The owners of the complex have also confirmed that the name “Watermark” for the new dining and leisure complex will be dropped.

And they say that from now on the whole development will be known simply Westquay rather than WestQuay.

New temporary “totem-style” signs are being erected outside the new building this week to advertise the fact.

Hammersons claimed it had always been their intention to make this name change and the Watermark name was only to be used during the building of the £85 million development which includes 20 restaurants, a bowling alley and is due to see the opening a 10-screen Cinema De Lux on its top storey next month. 

The firm has also decided that the ‘q’ in Westquay is now lower case where as before it was a capital.

Mexican fast food chain Wahaca has confirmed that it will be opening its doors at the development on February 6.

The menu will offer a varied selection of sharing street food dishes such as the signature Pork pibil tacos and Corn, black bean and guacamole tostadas and more substantial offerings such grilled cod fillet dressed with guajillo and parsley pesto salsas served with green rice and salad and British Bavette Steak, the Mexican way, served with smoky chipotle salsa and green rice.

Wahaca showcases the work of street and graffiti artists in its restaurants and in Southampton, the 190-cover restaurant will feature murals by Octavio Alegria from Guadalajara, Mexico and Ester Del Prado from Bilbao, Spain. 

Earlier this year, co-founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers won the Catey award for ‘Restaurateur of the Year – Group’. 

Thomasina, a former MasterChef winner, was inspired to start the business by her experiences in Mexico as a teenager. 

The first outlet opened in Covent Garden in mid-2007 and the chain now has 25 restaurants across the country. 

The restaurant group was this year certified Carbon Neutral by Natural Capital Partners, becoming the first restaurant group in the UK to be awarded the certificate.