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Shop Closures and Changes in Basildon Town Centre
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Market Pavement

The first shop units in Market Pavement were completed in 1959. The block, known as L1, was built on behalf of the development corporation in partnership with the Church Commissioners. Ironmonger's Knibbs, who established a business in Vange in 1925, were one of the first to open in 1959.

In 1961 a Mecca run nightclub opened at 23 Market Pavement as part of the Blenheim House development, which runs the length of South Walk.

In 1966 the development corporation built a circular building adjacent to the bus station for use as an information centre. This was given an unnumbered Market Pavement address when first used in 1967.

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

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Even Numbers Market Pavement
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
1Currys (relocated: Mayflower Retail Park)Domestic Electrical Goods Pre /06/1959--
3-5Norris's (W.H. Norris & Sons Ltd.)
J & S Stone
Rumbelows (relocated: Heron retail park within Courts, closed /02/1995.)
Reed
House furnishers
Domestic household goods
Domestic household goods
Employment Agency
Pre /06/1959
c./07/1961
1980s
2000s
1961
1980s
c.1990s
2012
7Brighter Homes
Idea For Living
Intatravel
Mandy And Company "The Haircutters"
The Money Shop
Wallpapers
--
Holiday & Ticket Sales
Hairdressers
Pawmbroker
c./02/1960
c.1974
c.1980s
--
--
--
--
c.1990s
c.2005
22/04/2015
9Martin the Newsagent
Smokers Paradise
Newsagent
Newsagent, Tobacconist
Pre /06/1959
--
--
2000s
11Eastern Electricity Showroom (relocated: 33 Town Square)
Toni's
Diamonds
Friars Coffee Lounge
HPJ (half price) Jewellers
Home Creations
Cookers
Restaurant, Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour
Restaurant
Diner
Jewellers
Curtains
/08/1959
1963
1980s
c.1984
--
c.2010s
/09/1962
1980s
--
--
2010s
c.2016
13Knibbs
Goodrich
Ironmongers & Hardwear
Ironmongery & Hardwear
21/03/1959
/08/1969
/06/1969
--
15The House of Janus
Tesco Home and Wear
Allied Carpets
Ladies fashionwear
Supermarket, Furniture & Carpets
Carpet store
/04/1959
1969
1970s
1960s
1970s
Post /09/1984
17Value Supermarket (Tesco acquisition 1968; rebranded: 1969)
Tesco Home and Wear
Allied Carpets
Victor Value Supermarket
Supermarket, Furniture & Carpets
Carpet store
/04/1959
1969
1970s
1969
1970s
Post /09/1984
19Value Supermarket (Tesco acquisition 1968; rebranded: 1969)
Tesco Home and Wear
Allied Carpets
Victor Value Supermarket
Supermarket, Furniture & Carpets
Carpet store
/04/1959
1969
1970s
1969
1970s
Post /09/1984
21Value Supermarket (Tesco acquisition 1968; rebranded: 1969)
Tesco Home and Wear
Allied Carpets
Victor Value Supermarket
Supermarket, Furniture & Carpets
Carpet store
/04/1959
1969
1970s
1969
1970s
Post /09/1984
--SpearsSelf-serve discount food shop /12/1986c.1980s
--BejamFrozen food centre c.1986c.1989
--Murrys Meat MarketButcher ----
23Locarno Ballroom
Tiffanys
Raquels
Raquels II - The Discotheque
Club Uropa
Mecca Dancing
Mecca Dancing
Mecca Dancing (1980s Brian Greenan)
European Leisure (from c.1991)
European Leisure
25/03/1961
1970
06/04/1974
c.1991
05/12/1996
1970
c./03/1974
c.1991
29/12/1995
/01/1998
23Strings - The Piano Bar
Buzz Bar
Foyer Bar
European Leisure
European Leisure
European Leisure
c.1988
1994
c.1996
1994
c.1995
--
23Riley's Snooker BarEuropean Leisure (Cue Division) 1999/12/2014
Information
Kiosk
Basildon Development Corporation Information Centre
Empty
Basildon Secretarial Services
Laura Edwards
Information Centre
--
Staff Bureau employment agency
Staff Bureau employment agency
1967
/01/1968
03/02/1969
c./06/1969
/01/1968
/02/1969
c./06/1969
--
2-4Radio Rentals Ltd.
Golden Disc
T.V. & Video Rental
CD, DVD & Video
/09/1958
--
c.2000
2000s
6-8Baxters
Alfred Marks
Adecco (relocated: 1P & 1J Southgate House, 88 Town Square)
Butcher
Job Recruitment Agency
Job Recruitment Agency
c.1959
c.1987
1990s
1980s
c.1990s
2016
10-12Dane Cleaners
Sketchley Cleaners
Dry Cleaners
Dry Cleaners
/06/1962
1960s
1960s
c.1990s
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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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