THE tired old eyesore that is the dilapidated Blockbuster Video store has been an ugly blot on Woking’s landscape for the past four years, but now at last it seems that the premises may have a new lease of life.
The building of the bygone business at 15 Guildford Road has stood empty since the company’s demise in 2013 and the area outside the shop has become shabby, particularly over the last 18 months. The disused premises have created what some concerned residents have called an ’embarrassing’ and ‘unwelcoming’ environment that greets visitors on one of the main artery roads into Woking.
In April this year Council Leader John Kingsbury stated that: “Officers have been in contact with Curchod & Co. who are marketing the premises and have asked for an effective management regime to be put in place. There is some confidence that the premises will be occupied soon which should resolve the issue permanently and we have asked that Serco (the council’s environmental partners) assist with litter picking in the interim. A reminder that any vehicles parked outside the premises on the public highway would receive enforcement action as part of our normal parking patrols.”
Meanwhile, Hallowood Furniture is exploring the possibility of acquiring the site as a showroom, although a spokesman for the company has stated that this is still subject to confirmation. The
existing store is currently located in Unit 37 in the Bandstand Mall in the Peacocks Centre but is being forced to move out due to the relocation of the Boots store as previously reported in the News & Mail two weeks ago.