The Co-operative Food Store in Windsor Road has become the latest Penarth shop to change its predominant colour to grey.
The former bright green colour has now gone and shoppers are now having to get used to the new more austere, slate grey, muted look – now accompanied by an internally illuminated projecting sign.
Internally-illuminated projecting signs have been refused elsewhere in Windsor Road on premises like Lloyds Bank and Prezzo because they are in the Penarth Conservation Area.
However as the Co-op store is (presumably) just outside the Conservation Area, its new projecting internally-illuminated sign has been approved in this case.
Grey is now well on the way to becoming local retailers’ colour of choice with Pearns (formerly Gerholds) the chemist, Greggs the bakers, the Prezzo Restaurant, M&G clothing store, the St Fagan’s Castle pub, the subsidised charity shop Tenovus and Barclays Bank already having adopted the colour – in varying shades – for their frontage.
There are of course, stand-outs , like the bold Purple and Lilac colour scheme of “Gifts @ No. 9” which got into trouble for daring to be unconventional – but at the moment it looks as though “grey is good” in Windsor Road.