Formerly known as Dalkeith Arcade, Richmond Gardens Shopping Centre in Bournemouth town centre is just off the main high street on Old Christchurch Road. It’s also accessible from one side of the large multi-storey car park on Richmond Road, which sees shoppers pass through on their way to the top of town.
The two main retailers in this centre are national brands Wilko and Lidl on the ground floor of the centre just behind the escalators.
Wilco stocks pretty much everything you need to get on with your life. It states its mission as “getting the to-dos done” and stocks everything from toiletries to toys, makeup to garden furniture, home furnishings to decorating materials and everything in between. The store has a huge footprint and there are great bargains to be found!
German global discount supermarket chain Lidl sits right next door and offers great prices on well-known brands and international products. You can do a full shop with fruit and veg, frozen goods, store cupboard essentials, baked items and drinks piled high on the shelves. Lidl also stocks seasonal goods – great for present ideas, holiday vitals or decorations for every occasion.
When you enter Richmond Gardens Shopping Centre you’ll be overwhelmed with the floral display at the doorway. The flower seller throws together the most incredible blooms at unbelievable prices with pre-made arrangements and smaller bunches available if you’re drawn in on a whim!
Opposite and also at the entrance of the centre is All in One, a gift shop, souvenirs, luggage and mobile accessories emporium filled with quirky ideas for presents and stocking fillers.
Take a bite
If you’re feeling peckish, the Renarto deli café and creperie will serve something to tempt your tastebuds. With salads, pizzas, omelettes, crepes, paninis, sandwiches and antipasti on the menu, grab a seat and tuck in.
The House of Stitch offers dry cleaning and tailoring services including repairs and alternations for all types of garment including suits, school uniforms, bridal wear and curtains. They also offer leather and suede garment repair.
Right next door is Alta Mira, a veritable treasure trove of a jewellery shop with art deco pieces, modern art, retro ceramics, glass, bronzes, pictures and lights. They also buy quality used items and gold and provide jewellery repairs, valuations and part exchange too.
Junk Trunk is an Aladdin’s-cave emporium of ornaments and furniture. It opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and is well worth a browse for a unique gift or conversation piece.
Something for home
Head up the escalator or lift to the first floor and you’re met by a pair of big-hitters. Apple Home Improvements supplies and installs double glazing, conservatories, orangeries, weatherboard cladding, roof insulation, doors and more. There’s a full-on showroom up here so stop by and get a quote.
Southcoast Living next door is a large showroom displaying new and used furniture, beds and bedrooms and reconditioned appliances – ideal if you’re furnishing a rental property or kitting out your home on a budget as there are many bargains to be found. Its unique collection makes it a great option for replacing an item from a set – or adding chairs around the table for a big family gathering.
Richmond Gardens Shopping Centre is right at the heart of where many of the town’s travel agencies, banks and building societies are situated and the five-floor multi-storey car park behind it opens out onto the top of Richmond Hill – a prime location for shopping trips either end of town. Stop by and grab your groceries, your gifts and your double-glazing – it’s all under the one roof!