Waysiders to close in Warrington - Cafe Caruso to move in?

Warrington Guardian: Waysiders to close in Warrington  - Cafe Caruso to move in? Waysiders to close in Warrington - Cafe Caruso to move in?

ONE of the town’s oldest family-run stores is preparing to close its doors for the final time at the end of the month.

The Waysiders, based on Horsemarket Street, has specialised in glassware and china products in the town centre since 1944.

Owner Martin Hales, from Grappenhall, is the second generation to take over the business after his father, John, and uncle, Tony, began the venture 70 years ago.

The 61-year-old, said: “The thing I’ll miss the most is the people – it isn’t like having customers, they are genuine friends and some of whom have been coming in for many years.

“I bumped into three women who have burst into tears when they found out we were closing.”

Until the regeneration of Old Market Place in the early 1970s, The Waysiders was initially made up of three stores – dedicated to glassware and china, wool and haberdashery.

A relocation to one amalgamated store followed, where they joined a popular row of shops including Burtons and H Samuel on Horsemarket Street.

After spending ten months as an executive trainee in retail upon leaving Lymm Grammar School, Martin joined the new store where he spent 35 years working alongside his father.

He added: “It’s been one big happy family really, and it will be a sad moment when the time comes to finally shut for good.

“I’ve had the owners of other family-run businesses in the town come in and tell me how much we will be missed. It has been quite emotional.”

But things could have been different for the now 61-year-old, who turned down the opportunity to become a professional tennis player as a teenager after competing at the Junior Wimbledon.

“I have no regrets. Maybe I could have seen the world cheaply, but I wouldn’t change a thing,” he insisted.

Martin also describes how out-of-town developments such as Gemini Retail Park and the latest redevelopment of the Golden Square have hit family businesses the hardest.

He said: “It is a shame that some unbelievable shops have been hit because the business has been re-focused elsewhere in the town.”

The father-of-two to Francesca and Georgina, both in their twenties, now plans to enjoy a peaceful retirement with wife Morag.

Cafe Caruso, currently based on Bank Street, hope to secure the premises and relocate by the end of the year.

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9:02am Tue 8 Apr 14

kazrobo says...

So sad all these local business closing, Whites sports now Waysiders. Just hope we don't lose anymore.

The regeneration project on Bridge Street needs to start soon unless Warrington is going to become even more of a ghost town with nothing but bars, betting shops and takeaways everywhere
So sad all these local business closing, Whites sports now Waysiders. Just hope we don't lose anymore. The regeneration project on Bridge Street needs to start soon unless Warrington is going to become even more of a ghost town with nothing but bars, betting shops and takeaways everywhere kazrobo
  • Score: 21

11:49am Tue 8 Apr 14

Electric100 says...

The town centre is dead. Yet out of town shopping developments still get planning permission!
The redevelopment and expansion of golden square was the death of bridge street.
No free parking in the town - unless you work for the council
Awful traffic problems making a trip to manchester easierthan a trip to town.
The close proximity of liverpool one, trafford centre and manchester

Doomed
The town centre is dead. Yet out of town shopping developments still get planning permission! The redevelopment and expansion of golden square was the death of bridge street. No free parking in the town - unless you work for the council Awful traffic problems making a trip to manchester easierthan a trip to town. The close proximity of liverpool one, trafford centre and manchester Doomed Electric100
  • Score: 15

11:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

cookie1974 says...

I for one will miss this lovely store. There is no other shop in Warrington like Waysiders, the staff are always extremely friendly and remember you which is nice, its not just a store that's closing its a piece of Warrington.
I for one will miss this lovely store. There is no other shop in Warrington like Waysiders, the staff are always extremely friendly and remember you which is nice, its not just a store that's closing its a piece of Warrington. cookie1974
  • Score: 9

12:40pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Reader says...

Sad to see another long standing family shop close. Hope they enjoy their retirement though :)
Edwin Allen's art shop on Buttermarket Street is another one closing too and that's been there and in the same family for 120 years since 1894.
Sad to see another long standing family shop close. Hope they enjoy their retirement though :) Edwin Allen's art shop on Buttermarket Street is another one closing too and that's been there and in the same family for 120 years since 1894. Reader
  • Score: 9

3:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

jonesy1980 says...

Shame for the owners, walked past this shop a million times but never been in so can't say I'll miss it. Can't blame "out of town developments" for lack of business - china and glass is quite a niche product, not something the everyday shopper would go out to a town centre to buy, maybe they should've moved with the times and took their business online.

On the other hand, Cafe Caruso will probably get a lot more business moving here, as it's off the beaten track at the minute. Been in a couple of times and they're pretty good.
Shame for the owners, walked past this shop a million times but never been in so can't say I'll miss it. Can't blame "out of town developments" for lack of business - china and glass is quite a niche product, not something the everyday shopper would go out to a town centre to buy, maybe they should've moved with the times and took their business online. On the other hand, Cafe Caruso will probably get a lot more business moving here, as it's off the beaten track at the minute. Been in a couple of times and they're pretty good. jonesy1980
  • Score: 4

4:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Abdul&Gupta says...

Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served.

He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.
Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served. He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times. Abdul&Gupta
  • Score: -14

9:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

stocktonplayer says...

Sad to see Waysiders close. Walk along most streets in Warrington and you will find plenty of takeaways, bars, and many other non essential services touting their businesses. What has happened to our town centre? Walk down Bridge Street and instead of looking at ground level look up and see some fine traditional buildings not these retail sheds that are found on the edge of town. In a few years time we will rue the day that we let our town centre be destroyed by inept planning decisions.
Sad to see Waysiders close. Walk along most streets in Warrington and you will find plenty of takeaways, bars, and many other non essential services touting their businesses. What has happened to our town centre? Walk down Bridge Street and instead of looking at ground level look up and see some fine traditional buildings not these retail sheds that are found on the edge of town. In a few years time we will rue the day that we let our town centre be destroyed by inept planning decisions. stocktonplayer
  • Score: 10

11:18am Thu 10 Apr 14

rachf says...

Abdul&Gupta wrote:
Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served.

He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.
That is exactly how I felt!
I went there to buy some christening presents for my twin daughters and couldn't get my double pram through the door. When I asked them to please open the other door I was told 'No. The manager has the key and he won't be back until after lunch.
I then asked them, if that was the case, how I was supposed to get in and buy anything...their suggestion? For me to leave my pram outside and carry my two sleeping 5 month old daughters in myself!
When I enquired as to why there wasn't another key in the building to open the other door, a very snooty lady told me that, even if they could find one, she would class my 'rather large' pram as a fire hazard!
Suffice to say, they did not get my custom that day or any day since!
[quote][p][bold]Abdul&Gupta[/bold] wrote: Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served. He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.[/p][/quote]That is exactly how I felt! I went there to buy some christening presents for my twin daughters and couldn't get my double pram through the door. When I asked them to please open the other door I was told 'No. The manager has the key and he won't be back until after lunch. I then asked them, if that was the case, how I was supposed to get in and buy anything...their suggestion? For me to leave my pram outside and carry my two sleeping 5 month old daughters in myself! When I enquired as to why there wasn't another key in the building to open the other door, a very snooty lady told me that, even if they could find one, she would class my 'rather large' pram as a fire hazard! Suffice to say, they did not get my custom that day or any day since! rachf
  • Score: -3

6:06pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Crunchy Frog says...

My mum loved The Waysiders. She bought most of her Wedgwood plates there and ceramic "Whimsies" - ceramic animals.

Now it's going, and after this, there will only be two longstanding buildings in Horsemarket Street - the Blue Bell and the Hop Pole, and in the Waysiders place? Yet another posh coffee shop.

Thanks very much!
My mum loved The Waysiders. She bought most of her Wedgwood plates there and ceramic "Whimsies" - ceramic animals. Now it's going, and after this, there will only be two longstanding buildings in Horsemarket Street - the Blue Bell and the Hop Pole, and in the Waysiders place? Yet another posh coffee shop. Thanks very much! Crunchy Frog
  • Score: 0

12:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

PageA says...

Crunchy Frog wrote:
My mum loved The Waysiders. She bought most of her Wedgwood plates there and ceramic "Whimsies" - ceramic animals.

Now it's going, and after this, there will only be two longstanding buildings in Horsemarket Street - the Blue Bell and the Hop Pole, and in the Waysiders place? Yet another posh coffee shop.

Thanks very much!
Woah Nelly...that's cafe caruso you're talking about, probably the best cabonara in town. Don't dis!
[quote][p][bold]Crunchy Frog[/bold] wrote: My mum loved The Waysiders. She bought most of her Wedgwood plates there and ceramic "Whimsies" - ceramic animals. Now it's going, and after this, there will only be two longstanding buildings in Horsemarket Street - the Blue Bell and the Hop Pole, and in the Waysiders place? Yet another posh coffee shop. Thanks very much![/p][/quote]Woah Nelly...that's cafe caruso you're talking about, probably the best cabonara in town. Don't dis! PageA
  • Score: 2

2:38pm Fri 11 Apr 14

tarasmum says...

rachf wrote:
Abdul&Gupta wrote:
Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served.

He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.
That is exactly how I felt!
I went there to buy some christening presents for my twin daughters and couldn't get my double pram through the door. When I asked them to please open the other door I was told 'No. The manager has the key and he won't be back until after lunch.
I then asked them, if that was the case, how I was supposed to get in and buy anything...their suggestion? For me to leave my pram outside and carry my two sleeping 5 month old daughters in myself!
When I enquired as to why there wasn't another key in the building to open the other door, a very snooty lady told me that, even if they could find one, she would class my 'rather large' pram as a fire hazard!
Suffice to say, they did not get my custom that day or any day since!
Sadly I have to agree, I found the women in three very snooty indeed ! I went in once to buy a Diamond wedding present and didn't receive much help AT ALL. I really felt they were looking down their noes at me. I never went back.
[quote][p][bold]rachf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abdul&Gupta[/bold] wrote: Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served. He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.[/p][/quote]That is exactly how I felt! I went there to buy some christening presents for my twin daughters and couldn't get my double pram through the door. When I asked them to please open the other door I was told 'No. The manager has the key and he won't be back until after lunch. I then asked them, if that was the case, how I was supposed to get in and buy anything...their suggestion? For me to leave my pram outside and carry my two sleeping 5 month old daughters in myself! When I enquired as to why there wasn't another key in the building to open the other door, a very snooty lady told me that, even if they could find one, she would class my 'rather large' pram as a fire hazard! Suffice to say, they did not get my custom that day or any day since![/p][/quote]Sadly I have to agree, I found the women in three very snooty indeed ! I went in once to buy a Diamond wedding present and didn't receive much help AT ALL. I really felt they were looking down their noes at me. I never went back. tarasmum
  • Score: -1

2:39pm Fri 11 Apr 14

tarasmum says...

tarasmum wrote:
rachf wrote:
Abdul&Gupta wrote:
Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served.

He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.
That is exactly how I felt!
I went there to buy some christening presents for my twin daughters and couldn't get my double pram through the door. When I asked them to please open the other door I was told 'No. The manager has the key and he won't be back until after lunch.
I then asked them, if that was the case, how I was supposed to get in and buy anything...their suggestion? For me to leave my pram outside and carry my two sleeping 5 month old daughters in myself!
When I enquired as to why there wasn't another key in the building to open the other door, a very snooty lady told me that, even if they could find one, she would class my 'rather large' pram as a fire hazard!
Suffice to say, they did not get my custom that day or any day since!
Sadly I have to agree, I found the women in three very snooty indeed ! I went in once to buy a Diamond wedding present and didn't receive much help AT ALL. I really felt they were looking down their noes at me. I never went back.
Apologies for spelling mistakes !!!
[quote][p][bold]tarasmum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rachf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abdul&Gupta[/bold] wrote: Can't say this place will be missed, found the owner very aloof. Often felt like, I was talking to captain peacock, from the TV series, are you being served. He probably needed to get into the real world, and keep up with the times.[/p][/quote]That is exactly how I felt! I went there to buy some christening presents for my twin daughters and couldn't get my double pram through the door. When I asked them to please open the other door I was told 'No. The manager has the key and he won't be back until after lunch. I then asked them, if that was the case, how I was supposed to get in and buy anything...their suggestion? For me to leave my pram outside and carry my two sleeping 5 month old daughters in myself! When I enquired as to why there wasn't another key in the building to open the other door, a very snooty lady told me that, even if they could find one, she would class my 'rather large' pram as a fire hazard! Suffice to say, they did not get my custom that day or any day since![/p][/quote]Sadly I have to agree, I found the women in three very snooty indeed ! I went in once to buy a Diamond wedding present and didn't receive much help AT ALL. I really felt they were looking down their noes at me. I never went back.[/p][/quote]Apologies for spelling mistakes !!! tarasmum
  • Score: -3

2:44pm Sun 13 Apr 14

SophieEB91 says...

Reader wrote:
Sad to see another long standing family shop close. Hope they enjoy their retirement though :) Edwin Allen's art shop on Buttermarket Street is another one closing too and that's been there and in the same family for 120 years since 1894.
I didn't know Edwin Allen's is closing too =(
This town will be a ghost town soon =(
[quote][p][bold]Reader[/bold] wrote: Sad to see another long standing family shop close. Hope they enjoy their retirement though :) Edwin Allen's art shop on Buttermarket Street is another one closing too and that's been there and in the same family for 120 years since 1894.[/p][/quote]I didn't know Edwin Allen's is closing too =( This town will be a ghost town soon =( SophieEB91
  • Score: 0

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