Unfortuntely in February 2010 Carrefour announced the elimination of 1,672 jobs and the closure of 21 stores and the possibility of acquisition of 20 stores by the group Mestdagh.
Our Carrefour in Waterloo survived until end 2017 when suddenly huge changes were announced. Carrefour became "Bix" a project which includes the construction of a new building on the parking area, which is now closed to cars: it will accommodate a Brico Plan-It (more than 13,000 m² ), which will replace the Brico currently located in the city center.
The car pole, Auto 5 is already there as well as the car wash. "On the new part of the Brico Plan-It, the transition between city and countryside will be highlighted by a green roof that will join the gently sloping fields: the new constructions seek to integrate into the landscape and historical environment.
In terms of mobility, the new facilities will give room for pedestrians and two-wheelers and the total capacity of the car park will be increased to more than 1,400 places, by the construction of two levels of parking in the basement.
I had seen all the digging and suffered the redirections caused by this huge construction site.
From all people I asked nobody knew really how it would be. So I went there and took pictures. The works were quite advanced, it probably will be finished in 2 months or maybe less, that's what they say, but I think it will last more than less !
The only building which is finished and already in use is Auto 5 which repairs cars !
The plan looks like this, I think it will be a nice place to walk around in winter or when it rains. Carrefour will become a "mall" called Bix.
And this is the finished dream of the architects ! I wonder when I can see that in reality !
What a change to my good old Waterloo, where only little shops existed, and which was surrounded by fields and farms and I think there were more cows than people at that time ! But we have to go with the time ! At least I had the privilege to live for more than 30 years really on the countryside.
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