Basildon: Regional Shopping Centres
the first new houses to be built were in occupation by 1951, it was not until August 1952 that the first new shops opened
at Pendle Drive on the Fryerns estate.
Other early examples were the regional shopping centre
or neighbourhood centre at Whitmore Way and at Timberlog Lane at the junction with Long
Riding. In the 1950s other Pantry shops were also provided at Church Road, Vange, Luncies Road
on the Barstable estate and at Whitmore Way.
During these times the existing shops at
Laindon, Pitsea and Vange often provided the main source for provisions for the early new town residents.