Shopping at Palmerston Road Southsea
Explore the Heart of Southsea Shopping at Palmerston Road! Nestled just north of the iconic Southsea Common, Palmerston Road stands as the vibrant epicenter of Southsea's retail charm. While it might be smaller than its counterpart, Commercial Road, Palmerston Road boasts an eclectic blend of national retailers, charming specialist stores, inviting cafes, and delectable Southsea restaurants.
Dive into the Southsea Shopping Area, encompassing the bustling Palmerston Road pedestrian precinct, the quaint Marmion Road, the lively Osbourne Road, and a segment of Clarendon Road near its junction with Palmerston Road. Together, these areas offer an impressive 20,000 square meters of retail space. Discover a world of unique finds, delectable cuisine, and trendy fashion right here in the heart of Southsea! The major shops and stores are located on the pedestrianised section of Palmerston Road precinct. Until early in 2020 Debenhams had a large department store here, unfortunately due to financial problems this has now closed.
Until July 2019 Knight and Lee (part of the John Lewis Partnership) had a department store here, on the corner of Palmerston Road and Osborne Road. Knight and Lee first opened here in 1865, it was taken over by John Lewis in 1933 and was one of only two stores in the group to retain it's original name. But difficult trading conditions and the need for significant investment forced the closure of the shop.
Waitrose, (also part of the John Lewis Partnership), has a large supermarket and multi storey car park located on Marmion Road.
This part of Southsea was originally developed during the early 19th century. Palmerston Road was formerly the southern part of Grove Road, built in about 1820 and developed into a commercial centre throughout the following years.
Extensive damage during the Second World War required major rebuilding in the late 1940's and early 1950's when many of the buildings that can be seen today were constructed.
Knight and Lee had a shop here ever since 1865, it was founded by Jesse Knight and Herbert Soden Lee, it was destroyed in 1941 during the Blitz, but was rebuilt and re-opened in 1956, it closed in July 2019.
In 1979 Palmerston Road was closed to traffic and the present precinct was developed, around the same time Waitrose was built in Marmion Road.
Today the Southsea Shopping Area is home to a mixture of national chain stores, smaller independent traders as well as a wide range of bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs.
The section of Palmerston Road south of Osbourne Road has now also been closed to traffic, apart from delivery vehicles. Regular farmers markets and craft markets are held in the pedestrianised precinct. What shops are in Southsea?