The familiar Blockbuster signage above the former video rental premises at the junction of Windsor Road and Hickman Road is being taken down in moves to spruce-up the appearance of the empty property.
The premises at 38 Windsor Road were let on a 15 year lease to the Swansea-based BrewStone restaurant chain in February 2015 but there’s been a long delay in renovating and re-fitting because the firm is juggling “other priorities”.
Now BrewStone say they are likely to revise the plans they originally submitted for the new bar/restaurant and are considering submitting a different scheme for the prominent corner premises.
In its last hurrah, the vintage Blockbuster signage became something of a tourist attraction for the town – or at least it was for Hollywood star Eva Longoria when she was filming last year in Penarth.
In the USA Blockbuster signage has long since vanished from America’s town centres – and for Eva , the sight of Penarth’s old Blockbuster logos was such a novelty, she insisted on stopping her limousine for one last look at what was once the icon of 1980s home-entertainment.
Now the Blockbuster signage that she enjoyed seeing has been taken down, and is being replaced with “temporary plain white frontage” to tidy up the premises, pending the revisions to BrewStone’s planned new restaurant – which are still in gestation.
No target date is yet available for the opening of the new restaurant.
Domino’s Pizza had earlier applied for – and received – planning permission for a pizza takeaway in the same premises but then changed its corporate mind and pulled out.
BrewStone’s proposals for the site then followed Domino’s and were also approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .