PALMERSTON ROAD, SOUTHSEA
Palmerston Road is the main shopping area in Southsea and is situated just north of Southsea Common.
It is smaller than its rival Commercial Road, but has an interesting mix of national retailers, smaller
specialist stores, cafes and restaurants.
The Southsea Shopping Area actually consists of the Palmerston Road pedestrianised precinct, Marmion Road, Osbourne Road and a section of Clarendon Road close to it's junction with Palmerston Road itself. The shops in this area provide approximately 20,000m² of retail space.
The major shops and stores are located on the pedestrianised section of Palmerston Road precinct, both Debenhams and Knight and Lee (part of the John Lewis chain) have large department stores here. Waitrose 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 originally 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 & Lee have had a shop here since 1887, 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.
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 cafes, restaurants pubs and bars.
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.
The larger shops in Palmerston Road include:
- Boots - Health, beauty and pharmacy - 31-33 Palmerston, Road
- Debenhams - Fashion, beauty, gifts and furniture - 44-46 Palmerston Road
- Knight & Lee - Fashion, gifts, electrical and homeware - Palmerston Road
- Robert Dyas - Hardware and household equipment - 27 Palmerston Road
- Waitrose - Groceries and fresh food - Marmion Road