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Shopping Centre: Shop Closures and Changes

The first shops at the new shopping centre at Laindon began opening in late 1969. Many shops that had previously traded in the High Road were the first to open. These included Stanwood Radio, T.E. Collins, Peachey's, A.G. Butler & Son, Lloyds Bank and Keith's.

The complex when completed also included Clock House and a Truman's run public house called The Joker.

In addition to the shop units a small permanent clothing stall - with canopy structure and located on the paved square adjacent to Clock House - was given permission to trade during the 1990s.

Below are some of the many traders to have set up within the centre.

Below are some of the Parade's past and present traders and businesses. Where it exists, photographic evidence of the shop nameboard has been used in the naming of many of the businesses. Other additional information where known is also included with each business.

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Laindon Shopping Centre
NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
1-2Lloyds Bank (merged with Trustee Savings Bank 1995)
Lloyds TSB
TSB
Bank
Bank
Bank
Closed unit
c./02/1970
1995
09/09/2013
1995
08/09/2013
01/01/2017
3Dewhurst
Wright Price
Vacant unit
Butcher
Toys, Cards, Fancy Goods, D.I.Y., Gardening & Electrical
--
1970s
--
c.2005
1980s
c.2005
2017
4-5Godfrey The Chemist
Hills
Vantage
Dispensing pharmacist, Photography, Records, Tapes, Video Hire
Chemist
Chemist
/03/1971
--
--
--
--
--
6Peters
Joelios Hair Fashions
Vacant unit
Hairdressers
Hairdressers
--
01/09/1970
c.1982
c.2006
c.1982
--
2012
7Barton's the Bakers
The Bakers Oven
Bakers
Bakers
1970s
1980s
1980s
--
8Harrington
Cordon Bleu
Mega Save
Vacant unit
Butchers & Poulterers
Frozen Food Centre
Freezer/Frozen Foods
--
1970s
1980s
--
c.2006
1980s
--
Pre-2006
2012
9Harrington
Cordon Bleu
Mega Save
Vacant unit
Butchers & Poulterers
Frozen Food Centre
Freezer/Frozen Foods
--
1970s
1980s
--
c.2006
1980s
--
Pre-2006
2012
10Peachey's Fresh FareGreengrocer & Fruiterers 1970sc.1999
11Opthalmic
M.J. Revell
Opticians
Opticians
c.1970
--
1970s
--
12Walk 'n' Wear (Richard Parrish)
Howard's Discount Furniture Store
Southern Comfort Discount Furniture
Shoes & Clothing
Furniture
Furniture
/06/1971
/03/1973
c.1977
c.1973
c.1977
--
13Walk 'n' Wear (Richard Parrish)
Howard's Discount Furniture Store
Southern Comfort Discount Furniture
Shoes & Clothing
Furniture
Furniture
/06/1971
/03/1973
c.1977
c.1973
c.1977
--
14-15National Westminster Bank
Vacant unit
Bank
--
1970
2000s
1990s
2012
16The Swinging PlaiceFish & Chip Shop /02/1970--
17The Pop InnCafe including Juke Box & pinball machine 1970s--
18Mini Wear
Centre Fashions
Abbey National - Bank from 12/07/1989 following demutualisation
Claims Express
Big Reds Adult Store
Vacant unit
Centre Office
Childrenswear, babywear & wools
Fashionwear
Building Society
Insurance claims
Adult sex goods 18+ only entry
--
Love Laindon improvement headquarters
/02/1970
c.1975
c.1980
/03/2000
c./07/2003
2007
c.2012
c.1975
c.1980
1998
c.2003
c.2007
--
2015
19The Newsbox
S & R Newsagents
Vacant unit
Newsagent
Newsagent
--
/02/1970
--
c.2004
--
c.2004
2012
20No change since centre opened (Post Office).Post Office /12/1970--
21Laindon Furniture Stores
Howard Furniture (relocated: 12/13 Laindon Centre)
First Edition
Georges
Furniture
Furniture
Mens Clothing
Clothes & Schoolwear
/02/1970
1970s
1970s
c.1980s
--
/03/1973
--
c.1990s
22Handyman
Le Form
Heywood's
World of Flowers
D.I.Y.
Worktops, Self assembled units
Hardware Store
Florist
1971
1970s
1980s
Pre-2001
1970s
--
--
2000s
23Do It Yourself
Le Form
Fat Man's Cafe
The Garden Cafe
Vacant unit
D.I.Y.
Worktops, Self assembled units
Cafe
Cafe
--
1970
1970s
c.2000
2000s
c.2006
1970s
--
2000s
c.2000s
2012
24C.E. Wignall
Wignalls
Bookmaker
Bookmaker
1970
--
--
2000s
25No change since centre opened (The Joker).Public House /11/1970--
26S.B. YoungsOff Licence 1970--
27A1 School of Motoring & Auto Accessories
M.J. Revell
Pets Feeds & Needs (Pets 'N' Food)
T & T Interiors
Driving School & motor factors
Optician
Pets, Fish & Accessories
Carpets
1970
1971
1990s
c.2005
1970s
--
2004
c.2011
28LaunderamaLaunderette 1970--
29Express Shoe Service (Richard Parrish) (also at 47 Ballards Walk, Lee Chapel North)Shoe repairs, Key cutters /02/1970--
30Carolen CardsCards for all occasions 19702012
31A.G. Butler & Son
(business now known as Butler & English)
No change of business since centre opened.
Funeral Director 01/12/1969--
32Number associated with unit 31.-- 01/12/1969--
The JokerPublic House 16/12/1970/02/2017
33Merit
Budgen
Cannon
Shoppers Paradise
Kwik Save
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/02/1970
c.1973
--
1980s
--
c.1973
--
--
--
/03/1998
34Merit
Budgen
Cannon
Shoppers Paradise
Kwik Save
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/02/1970
c.1973
--
1980s
--
c.1973
--
--
--
/03/1998
35Merit
Budgen
Cannon
Shoppers Paradise
Kwik Save
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/02/1970
c.1973
--
1980s
--
c.1973
--
--
--
/03/1998
36Playbox 2000
K & E Discount Carpets (and at 1, Bells Hill Road, Vange)
Conquest Auto Parts
Startrite Motor Spares (relocated: Unit 8-9 Durham Road, Laindon)
Heley Bargains
Toyshop (Finlay & Co. Ltd)
Carpets
Car Accessories
Car Accessories
Food, Drink, Alcohol, Household and Toiletries
/02/1970
c.1977
1970s
1980s
/02/2013
c.1977
1970s
1980s
2011
c./02/2017
37Golden Gate Super Kitchen
South China Restaurant
Empty unit
Take Away
Restaurant
--
Pre 08/1970
Pre 08/1970
c.2005
--
--
2012
38Co-op ChemistChemist & dispensing pharmacy 19702015
39Co-op
Laindon Lanes Indoor Market
ShoeSave
Supermarket
Indoor Shopping Centre & Cafe
Footwear
/02/1970
08/06/1985
1990s
c.1984
--
1990s
40Co-op
Laindon Lanes Indoor Market
Baby Bits
Supermarket
Indoor Shopping Centre & Cafe
Babywear & Nursery goods & prams
/02/1970
08/06/1985
c.2000s
c.1984
--
2000s
41Keith's (Keith Cullis & A. Martin)Newsagent, Tobacconist & Stationer 03/10/1970c.1976
42Stanwood Radio (taken over by Rumbelows)
Rumbelows
The Prime Meat Co.
T.V., Radio & Household Electrical
T.V. Video, Radio & Hi-Fi
Butchers
11/12/1969
1970s
2000s
1970s
--
c.2010s
43Kibby's (rebranded International Stores)
International Stores (rebranded Gateway, 1988)
Gateway (rebranded Somerfield)
Somerfield (rebranded Co-operative, 2010)
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/12/1969
1972
1988
c.1994
--
1988
c.1994
/06/2010
44Kibby's (rebranded International Stores)
International Stores (rebranded Gateway, 1988)
Gateway (rebranded Somerfield)
Somerfield (rebranded Co-operative, 2010)
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/12/1969
1972
1988
c.1994
--
1988
c.1994
/06/2010
45Kibby's
International Stores (rebranded Gateway, 1988)
Gateway (rebranded Somerfield)
Somerfield (rebranded Co-operative, 2010)
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/12/1969
1972
1988
c.1994
--
1988
c.1994
/06/2010
46T.E. Collings (Basildon) Ltd
International Stores (rebranded Gateway, 1988)
Gateway (rebranded Somerfield)
Somerfield (rebranded Co-operative, 2010)
Ironmonger, D.I.Y., Hardware
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/02/1970
15/11/1984
1988
c.1994
1984
1988
c.1994
/06/2010
47T.E. Collings (Basildon) Ltd
International Stores (rebranded Gateway, 1988)
Gateway (rebranded Somerfield)
Somerfield (rebranded Co-operative, 2010)
Ironmonger, D.I.Y., Hardware
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
/02/1970
15/11/1984
1988
c.1994
1984
1988
c.1994
/06/2010
48Laindon County Library (relocated: New Century Road, Laindon)
The Afro Centre (relocated: Basildon Resource Centre, The Gore, Basildon)
Vacant unit
Building demolished August 2008
Library
Centre for African culture

Remained vacant to 2008 demolition.
c./02/1970

/01/2004


/01/2005
/03/2001

/01/2005


/08/2008
49Basildon Development Corporation
Commission for the New Towns


Basildon District Council
Building demolished August 2008
Housing Department/Rent Office
Housing Department
(Laindon & Lee Chapel District Housing Office)/Rent Office
Housing Department/Rent Office
1970s
01/04/1986


1990s
31/03/1986
31/03/1994


/08/2008
50Clock House
Basildon Insurance Services
Laindon Insurance Brokers
Howtal Whiting
Ameeco Ltd.
Manchester Unity of Oddfellows
Peter Steggles & Co. (Steggles Palmer)
A.W. Mudd & Co.
Provident Clothing and Supply Co.
Royal Liver Friendly Society
W.H. Davey & Co. Ltd
Gale, Brown & Co.
E & S Design & Development Ltd.
Gesso Construction
Nationwide Surveys
New Futures
North Thames Engineering
Friend, Boydon & Co.
Building demolished August 2008

Insurance
Insurance (Room 107)
Design & Engineering Co.
Telecommunication Engineers
Social Association (Stepney District)
Solicitors
Certified Accountants
Credit goods
Insurance Friendly (Room 106)
Materials Handling Equip. (Rm. 200)
Certified Accountants
Automation Systems & Equipment
Ceilings & Dry Lining contractors
Surveyors & Valuers
Disability & special needs
Draughtsman & drawing services
Solicitors
 
1970
/02/1970
1970
1970
1970
1970
1970
1970
1970
1970s
1970s
1970s
1970s
1970s
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--
1980s
 
 
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1980s
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2000s
2000s
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51Midland Bank
Vacant unit
Building demolished August 2008
Bank
Remained vacant to 2008 demolition.
1970s
--
--
/08/2008
52Turnbull Gibson
Leisure Travel Agency
Discount Sports (Sports 4 Leisure)
Hamelin Trust
Vacant unit
Building demolished August 2008
Travel Agent - Theatre Tickets
Travel Bookings
Clothing & Uniforms
Charity shop
Remained vacant to 2008 demolition.
/02/1970
c.1974
c.1976
--
c.2006
c.1974
c.1976
--
c.2006
/08/2008
53Barclays Bank
Vacant unit
Building demolished August 2008
Bank
Remained vacant to 2008 demolition.
01/06/1970
08/04/2000
07/04/2000
/08/2008
54United Friendly Insurance Co.
(relocated: Branch office 361, 3 Argent Court, Sylvan Way, Southfields Business Park, Laindon)
Computer Games Club
Vacant unit
Building demolished August 2008
Insurance
Advance Software
Remained vacant to 2008 demolition.
1970s
c.1992
1990s
c.1992
1990s
/08/2008
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Page added: 2001
Other points of interest:
(1) the Laindon County Library at No. 48 was previously at No. 3 High Road in a parade of shops that stood near the Winston Social Club.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2001 with revisions and additions 2002-2012.
Copyright © 2001-2012, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
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