The Meadows Village which houses a Spinneys supermarket, Fitness First Centre and Costa Café outlet among others is set for a revamp. Image Credit: Anjana Kumar/XPRESS

Dubai: The Meadows Village, the oldest shopping centre in Emirates Living, will be demolished next month to make way for a bigger facility.

Developer Emaar confirmed the news saying The Meadows Village is being expanded with additional stores to enhance the retail and lifestyle experience of residents in the community.

“We regret the inconvenience caused as we prepare to reopen the Meadows Village with the added choices,” Emaar said in a email statement to XPRESS.

Located between The Meadows 4 and 5, The Meadows Village offers a smaller version of the main Town Centre. It has a supermarket, pharmacy, music shop, gym and coffee shop along with a popular Iranian restaurant.

On the move

Spinneys supermarket will relocate to another venue in Emirates Village while the pharmacy will move to Springs Village Town Centre.

Members of Fitness First have been asked to use gym facilities at their Lakes Club and the Springs Village branches. A spokesperson for Fitness First said: “Fitness First Meadows club will no longer be operational from February 1. We are in negotiations with Emaar to return to the Meadows once the new development is complete.”

Ritu Kartha, a resident of Meadows 2, said she has fond memories of the Village. “I was present at its opening and used to frequent it every few days. I am really going to miss it,” she said.

British expat Becky Walsh of Meadows 4 said she has enjoyed many coffee chats at the Costa Café inside the Village. “My friends and I meet here every week. I guess we will have to find another spot.” Another British expat, Jacqui Pretty, said she has been looking for a home for a bunch of stray cats who have made The Meadows Village their permanent home. “The cats have been living here for years and now with the demolition they need to find another place.”