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Main-Centre, Whitmore Way
Convenience Stores, Whitmore Way


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The main neighbourhood shopping centre in Whitmore Way was under construction from 1957 with the first shops opening during 1958.

Some of the many businesses past and present to have traded there:

Whitmore WayOpenClosed
No. 402Stewards
M & F Foodmarket
Basildon Angling Centre
Radio, T.V. & Electrical
Foodstore
Sports equipment
/06/1958
c.1974
 
c.1965
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No. 404Gables Nursery (& at 104 Whitmore Way)
Peacheys Fresh Fare
Pizza Gogo
Greengrocers & florist
Greengrocers & florist
Take-away
c.1958
c./11/1962
 
1962
c.1999
 
No. 406Westminster Wine
The Local
Off Licence
Off-Licence
1970s
 
 
c.2009
No. 408Garons
Swinging Plaice
Big Q
Bakers
Fish and Chip Shop
Take-away
c.1960
c.1974
 
c.1970s
 
 
No. 410Jeffrey's Hair Fashions
Casal
Ladies' and Gentlemen's Salons
Hairdressers
Pre-/10/1958
 
 
 
No. 412CostcutterFoodstorec.2000s 
No. 414Howard's Dairies
Kibby's (rebranded: International (1972))
International Stores
Costcutter
Dairy products
Supermarket
Supermarket
Foodstore
c.1961
1971
1972
c.2000s
1971
1972
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No. 416G.L. Hill (Gerry Hill)
P. Benson & Sons (Paul Benson)
Artemis Foods
Butchers
Butchers
Butchers/Poultry/Game
c.1960s
1986
/01/2017
c.1986
c./12/2016
 
No. 418J. Bass (Ilford) Ltd
C.C. Wind (Colin Wind)
Alliance Pharmacy
Chemist
Chemist
Pharmacy
c.1962
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No. 420Martin'sNewsagent and confectionersc.1960s 
No. 422S.J. Thomas
Discount Shop
Footwear repairs
General dealer
c.1958
 
c.1960s
 
No. 424Cheung Lee
China City
Chinese take-away
Take-away
c./01/1969
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No. 426Gordan Studio
C.E. Wignall
Ladbrooks
Commercial photography
Bookmakers
Betting shop
c.1958
c.1962
 
c.1962
 
 
No. 428K. Brock & Son (Ken Brock)
Ladies and Gentlemen
Hardware
Beauty treatment
c.1970s
/08/2000
 
 
No. 430Basildon Launderette Ltd.
Nail, Tanning and Airbrush Centre
Launderette
Beauty treatment
c.1958
 
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No. 432Grays Co-operative Society Ltd. (Co-op)
Zebedee Shop
Quality Kleen
Foodstore
Pram and baby specialists
Dry cleaners
Pre-1962
1980s
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No. 434Barton's the Bakers
Tasty Buds Café
Bakers
Café
1960s
 
c.1980s
 
No. 436London Co-op
Shackel's Tandoori
Store
Take-away
1960s
 
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No. 440Roy F.J. WoodInsurance brokers (relocated: Pitsea)Pre-/10/1958c.1970s
No. 442Roy F.J. WoodInsurance brokers (relocated: Pitsea)Pre-/10/1958c.1970s

Temporary shops
Prior to the completion of the two pantry style shops at 562 and 564 Whitmore Way two temporary shops opened around the mid 1950s in a semi-detached house in Falkenham Rise off Whitmore Way. Following its completion in early 1957 the two traders, whose businesses had originated in Laindon, vacated to the new shops and the houses returned to full residential use.

Falkenham RiseOpenClosed
No. R.H. & G. Higgins (relocated: 562 Whitmore Way)Groceriesc.19571950s
No. Edwin R.F. Mills (relocated: 564 Whitmore Way)Newsagents, tobacconists, confectionersc.19561950s

Whitmore Way
The two shop units at Whitmore Way were opened in early 1957. They were built as permanent replacements for two temporary shops located in the newly built houses at Falkenham Rise. The development corporation described them as pantry shops. The design with accommodation above is also seen at Luncies Road.

Some of the past and present traders are listed below.

Whitmore Way
No. 562R.H. & G. Higgins
Allcures Pharmacy
Groceries
Dispensing Pharmacy
1957
 
c.1972
 
No. 564Edwin R.F. Mills
OM News
Newsagent, Tobacconist, Confectionery
Newsagent, Tobacconist, Confectionery
1957
 
c.1980s
 
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Page added: 2013
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Other points of interest:
(1) Stewards later established shops at Basildon town centre and also organised some of the first firework displays.

(2) Roy F.J. Wood and Co. Ltd, insurance brokers, established in 1958 later moved in the 1970s to Pembroke House, 11 Northlands Pavement, Pitsea where they remained until 18th December 2008 when the business closed and existing policies were transferred to Swinton Insurance at 140/142 Clay Hill Road, Kingswood.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013.
Copyright © 2013, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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