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New shop for Pilley and Boldre on track for summer launch in Boldre War Memorial Hall



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WORK on a new community shop to serve Boldre and Pilley is almost complete with a planned launch date set for later in the summer.

The facility will be located at Boldre War Memorial Hall and around 25% larger than the existing Pilley Stores and post office which it will replace.

As reported in the A&T, the community faced the prospect of losing their shop after the building owner announced that the current lease would not be extended beyond 2022.

The building work is set to be finished by early April
The building work is set to be finished by early April

The trustees of Boldre War Memorial Hall then came forward with plans for a single-storey side and rear extension to facilitate a new shop.

Pilley community shop committee member Carole Dixon said: “The project is progressing really well, with the building work set to be finished by early April.

“We will then be fitting out the shop over the following couple of months before we gradually start moving everything down to the new premises.

“We need to coordinate with the Post Office on a move date but currently we are looking at August or early September.

“We will certainly arrange a big party and celebration to mark the occasion.”

The new shop will be around 25% larger than the existing Pilley Stores
The new shop will be around 25% larger than the existing Pilley Stores

It is hoped the new store will be able to stock a larger range of New Forest Marque products and gift items. There are also plans to invest in a takeaway coffee machine.

Run by manager Caroline Darke and a team of volunteers for the last five years, Pilley Village Stores had operated on the same site in Pilley Street for 100 years.

The new facility, which will be overseen by the same team, is set to open in late August or September.

Carole said: “We feel so fortunate that we have been able to retain a shop for the village, otherwise our residents – many of whom are elderly – would have to travel into Lymington.”

A village meeting is planned for April when future details about the opening date of the new shop will be announced.



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