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Shop Closures and Changes in Basildon Town Centre
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Town Centre Locations
Town SquareEast Walk Market SquareEastgate
East SquareSouth Walk Market PavementWestgate
Nether PriorsSouth Gunnels FodderwickSouthernhay
Great Oaks   North Gunnels   High Pavement

Eastgate Shopping Centre

The first shop units in Eastgate International Shopping Centre opened in August 1980. This was known as Phase I and comprised 13 units, 5 existing units (formerly Nether Priors) and Savacentre (a joint venture between Sainsbury's and British Home Stores) which opened separately in March.

Phase II, comprised of an additional 70 standard units and 42 smaller speciality units, opened on 9th September, 1985. A large department store called Allders, with entrances on all floors, opened the same day and a food court called 'On The Promenade', with seating for 200, opened on 18th October. Another small unit (No. 21a and now No. 1) was also created at the Southernhay entrance adjoining the former Nether Priors units.

In the 1990s Eastgate underwent a refurbishment with additional unit space being created on both levels adjacent to the South Gunnels entrance and also adjacent to the entrance to Savacentre (now Asda).

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2012.
Copyright © 2012, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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Eastgate Shopping Centre
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
21aRatnersJewellers c.19851990s
2No change of business since first let (1980)    
3     
4BaxtersFamily Butchers c.1980--
5Crackerjaques
Foot Locker
Jewel Nation
Ladies Fashionwear
Sports good
1980
--
2000s
/10/1984
c.2008
2011
6Honeysuckle
Gades
House Plants
Wools and Haberdashery
1980
c.1984
/10/1984
--
7BermansJewellers c.1980s--
7bAbbey NationalBank
(small unit created from larger No.7)
c.1996--
8-9Charsley
Index
Shoe Shop
Instore Catalogue Store
1980
--
--
c.2002
10Harris FurnishingFurniture Store 1980--
11Edmund WilkesOptician c.1980s--
11-12Sports Soccer
Sports World
Sportswear
Sportswear
--
2000s
--
2000s
--Beez Neez-- ----
12The FountainRestaurant & Bakery c.1980--
--The Bakers OvenBakers ----
--The Lite BiteDiner 1980s--
13Sainsbury (B.H.S.) SavacentreSupermarket & Clothes 18/03/198013/03/2004
14KelleysT.V., Hi-Fi, 2nd floor Records & Video 1980c.1990s
15Holland & Barrett (relocated: Eastgate Centre)Health Food Stores 1980s--
16Paperback World
Early Learning Centre
Books
Toys, Books & Games
c.1980
c.2000
--
2012
17Cresta CardsCards c.1980--
17aColorama - ½ Photo DevelopingPhotograph Developers --2005
18Act 1Ladieswear 1980s--
19Evans (relocated: Eastgate Centre)
Samantha's
Ladieswear
Ladieswear
c.1980
--
--
c.2005
20Frisby
Focus Shoes
All:Sports
Shoe Shop
Shoe Shop
Sportswear
c.1980
1980s
--
1980s
--
2005
21-22Mothercare
Ethel Austin
Babycare products
Clothes for all ages
1980s
2000
/02/2000
/02/2006
24Dorothy Perkins (relocated: 3-5 Town Square within B.H.S.)Ladies Fashionwear --2000s
25Burton (relocated: 3-5 Town Square within B.H.S.)Menswear --2000s
26DolcisShoes --c.2004
28Olympus
West Coast
Sportswear
Ladies Fashion
1985
2000s
1990s
2013
30EtamLadies Fashionwear --2000s
31MonsoonLadies Fashionwear --21/02/2013
32Barratts (relocated: Debenhams, Eastgate Centre)Shoe Shop --2013
33-34Mister ByriteMale Fashionwear c.19851990s
35The A.A. ShopAutomobile Association Services ----
36Wendy's Hamburgers
Butterflies Diner
Restaurant & Burgers
Restaurant
1985
c.1988
c.1988
--
40BonusprintPhoto Development --2006
 AlldersDepartment Store 09/09/198519/03/2005
43SpacemakerFurniture Store (Incorporating GKD Bedrooms Ltd.) 1988--
44Virgin MegastoreC.D., Video & DVD 1990s08/09/2006
45Ottakar's (merged with Waterstones)
Waterstones (relocated: Unit 22 Eastgate with HMV)
Bookseller
Bookseller
2000s
2006
2006
--
50Ravel ChaussuresLadies fashion shoes --2000s
56WoolfmansHi-Fi, Video & T.V. 1980s1990s
58RosebysSoft Furnishings --2000s
60GranadaT.V. Sales ----
61AccessorizeFashion Accessories --21/02/2013
80Websters Bookshop
Sherratt & Hughes
Ottakar's
Virgin Megastore
Bookseller
Bookseller
Bookseller
C.D., Video & DVD
1980s
--
--
1990s
--
--
--
08/09/2006
82Spoils (relocated: Eastgate)Houseware, Wicker frames c.20002000s
--Sports DivisionSportswear & Equipment ----
13Clinton Cards (relocated: 32 Eastgate Centre)Greeting cards --/09/2013
 SpoilsHouseware ----
--The Barnaby Rudge Shop-- ----
--B.T. Phone ShopBritish Telecom Products ----
--Our PriceRecords & Tapes ----
--The Sony CentreHi-Fi, Video --1990s
--C & A (Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer)Clothes 30/08/1985/02/1999
--Abbey National (relocated: 7b Eastgate Centre)Bank c.1980c.1996
--Superdrug (relocated: Eastgate Centre)Toiletries, Perfume --1990s
--Miss SelfridgeLadieswear ----
--Dansk DesignScandanavian Furniture Centre ----
--Chelsea Girl (rebranded: River Island (1991))Ladies fashionwear 1980s1991
--Concept ManMenswear 1980s--
74Sega ParkGaming arcade --2000s
75Sega ParkGaming arcade --2000s
77The Outlet - Designer ClearanceClothes --2000s
78Fun Junction  --2000s
84Petit MoiBabywear, Children's Wear 2000s2000s
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Page added: 2002
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2002 with revisions and additions 2006-2015.
Copyright © 2002-2015, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
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