THE POMPEY CENTRE
The Pompey Centre, is a medium size, city centre retail park, built on the former Railway Goods Yard at Fratton, it is home to a variety of retail businesses including DIY, fast food outlets, building supplies and a car service centre.
The Pompey Centre occupies the former Fratton goods yard site, between Goldsmith Avenue and Rodney Road, opposite Fratton Park home of Portsmouth Football Club.
The Pompey Centre businesses include a B&Q Warehouse the largest B&Q store in the UK, Tesco Extra supermarket, Safestore Self Storage, Fitness First, KFC drive-thru restaurant and a McDonalds drive-thru.
Other retail businesses include Topps Tiles, City Electrical, Bathstore, Plumb Stop, Italian Furniture Direct, Portsmouth Plumbing Supplies, Wilts Electrical and Formula One (autocentre).
The Sunnyside GP Surgery is located on the east side of The Pompey Centre and has a dispensing pharmacy located next door.
There is also a Hotel at the Pompey Centre, the Ibis Hotel offering budget priced rooms, right next to Fratton Park.
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Businesses at the Pompey Centre include:
B & Q, Bathstore, Brewers (decorating), City Electrical, Ibis Hotel, Fitness First, F1 Autocentre, Italian Furniture Direct, KFC Drive Thru, Krazy Kaves, Lloyds Pharmacy, McDonalds Drive Thru, Portsmouth Plumbing Supplies, Portsmouth Yamaha, Right Price Tiles, Safestore Self Storage, Sunnyside Health Centre, Topps Tiles, Wilts Electrical
Pompey Centre details:
Address: Fratton Way, Portsmouth, PO4 8SL.
Car parking: large free shoppers car park.
Directions: at the end of the Eastern Road, A2030, go straight across at the traffic lights into Rodney Road, keep going straight ahead.
Pompey Centre development
The former Railway Goods Yard at Fratton had been under used for a number of years.
Rail maintenance work had been moved away from Fratton and the freight depot and coal merchant site had been used as a lorry park.
The carriage sheds alongside to Goldsmith Avenue were still required however, as they are part of the Railtrack Traincare Depot.
The Fratton Goods Yard site, approximately 12 hectares (30 acres), was bought in March 1999 by the Sellar Property Group from Railtrack and in conjunction with Portsmouth Football Club, a planning proposal was raised for the development of The Pompey Centre. The plan included a new link road between Rodney Road and Goldsmith Avenue, 18,300m² of non-food retail / warehousing space, 15,000m² of office / warehousing space, fast food retail space and car parking space. Planning permission was granted in 2000 and construction of The Pompey Centre began in 2002, the parts of the goods yard polluted with coal dust had to be de-contaminated before construction could begin.