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Shop Closures and Changes in Basildon Town Centre
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Town Centre Locations
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Nether PriorsSouth Gunnels FodderwickSouthernhay
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Market Square

The first shop units in Market Square were completed in 1958. This was a joint development between the development corporation and Ravensfelt properties. Henbest & Son, a family run business originating from the High Road at Laindon, were the first shop to open at unit number 65-67, not just in Market Square but the town centre as a whole.

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

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Market Square
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
1-3Superfare Ltd.
Market Stores (Cheapjaks) (relocated: 32 Southernhay)
Clark's Bakery
Shop unit converted to a public house
Self-service foodstore
General dealer discount store
Bakery & Cafe
1959
1960s
1980s
11/01/1996
1960s
c.1978
1990s
--
5-7Jeffrey's Hair Fashions (relocated: 11 East Square)
Kingstons
Shop unit converted to a public house
Hairdressers
Butcher
/06/1959
04/09/1970
11/01/1996
c.1969
--
9-11Stitcher's (fine foods)
Dewhurst
Shop unit converted to a public house
Groceries
Butcher
/04/1959
--
11/01/1996
1970s
--
13-15Crown Wallpapers
Shop unit converted to a public house
Wallpaper Stores 1960s
11/01/1996
c.1970s
17-19Mac Fisheries
John Glaister
Toybox
C.E. Wignall
Fishmonger
--
Toys
Bookmakers
1960
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
21-23PollardsWool & Haberdashery 1960s1980s
25-27Curtess
Little Haven Hospice Shop
Betster
Shoe Shop
Charity Shop
Betting shop
1970s
1999
2008
c.1990s
01/03/2008
c.2016
29-31Forbuoys (2)
Whistle & Flute
Planet
Britelite Windows
Cycles UK (relocated: 69/71 Market Square)
The Hat Box
Newsagent
Men's Suits
Kitchens, Bathrooms & Tiles
Windows and Doors
Bicycles and accessories
Hats
--
--
c./07/1983
c./04/1984
1997
c.2005
--
--
c.1984
--
/06/2003
c.2010
33-35MatthewsButcher /06/1959--
37-39Barton's
Tooks
Percy Ingle
Bakers
Bakers
Bakers
/02/1968
c.1982
c.2000s
1980s
--
c.2016
41-43Sketchley Cleaners
Cramphorn
Lunn Poly
Casal
Lifestyle Mobility (relocated: 45/47 Market Square)
Dry Cleaners
Pet & Garden Centre
Holiday bookings
Unisex Hairstylists
Mobility Scooters
/08/1959
/03/1969
1980s
--
c.2010s
--
1980s
--
--
c.2016
45-47Littlewoods - (initially 45-51)
Argos (relocated: 5 Westgate Shopping Park)
K.S. Superstores
Clothes, Foodstore & Restaurant
Catalogue Shop
Household Goods, Stationary, Tools & Toys
03/03/1960
1990s
--
1990s
--
2006
49-51Littlewoods - (initially 45-51)
Argos (relocated: 5 Westgate Shopping Park)
K.S. Superstores
Clothes, Foodstore & Restaurant
Catalogue Shop
Household Goods, Stationary, Tools & Toys
03/03/1960
1990s
--
1990s
--
2006
53-55Kingstons (relocated: 5-7 Market Square)
Littlewoods
Iceland (relocated: 15-21 Market Pavement)
Butcher
Restaurant
Foodstore
1960s
1970s
--
/08/1970
1990s
--
57-59Charsleys (relocated: 8-9 Eastgate Centre)
The Outdoors
Cash Generator
Shoe Shop
Camping equipment, army surplus etc.
Cash exchanged for goods to resell
/09/1958
--
c.2000s
c.1980
--
2017
61-63Waldorfs
Juniors Toy Shop
Prams & Babywear
Toyshop
/11/1958
--
--
--
65-67Henbest & Son
H. Wickison
D.E.R. (Domestic Electric Rentals)
Menswear & Schoolwear
Menswear & Suit Hire
Domestic T.V. Rentals
16/08/1958
1968
17/08/1973
1968
1973
--
69-71Killwick's Furnishing Stores
Dowdall & Jordan
Cycles Uk
Furnishing Store
Upholstery, Furniture & Bedding
Bicycles and accessories
/11/1958
1980s
/06/2003
1980s
2000s
12/08/2017
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Page added: 2002
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* During 1995 4 units numbered 1-3, 5-7, 9-11 & 13-15 were merged into 1 single unit (numbered 1-15) comprising the Moon on the Square public house, which opened on 11/01/1996 and which remains to the present day.
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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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