Vipul Panchmatia (Vip) and his family invited customers and civic leaders to the reopening of the Hexagon Stores on Floral Way in Andover. Vip bought the store some five years ago and, after discussions with Test Valley Borough Council, built an extension to the stores and post office. The Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley, Councillor Christopher and Frances Lynn were present,together with the Leader of the Council, Ian Carr and local councillors David Drew, Sandra Hawke and Zillia Brooks. "Vip has built up a loyal clientele and, given that there is not another shop for a good half mile, this is an enormously important resource for the local area. Further, the nearest post office is in Bridge Street, which is a good mile away and local people can now benefit from the wider range of goods available in the store." The store was selected by MACE as a demonstration project for the South of England, and Sir George paid a tribute to the quality of the new building.
Vip's father in law, Mr J Dattani, operated the door switch for the first time, and Vip's daughter sang a Hindu song in a short service before the formal opening. There was a raffle sale for Andover War Memorial Hospital, and bouncy castles and other attractions for local children.
"This is another vote of confidence in the future of Andover, and I am sure that the store will go from strength to strength."