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Fryerns: (1)
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
S. & D. Supermarkets Ltd.
M & F Foodmarket
Basildon Angling Centre - For all your angling needs
Radio, T.V. & Electrical
Supermarket
Foodstore
Angling equipment
/06/1958
Pre /06/1964
c.1974
c.2000s
c.1964
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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
c.2010s
1962
c.1999
 
No. 406Westminster Wine
The Local
Star Wines & Foods
Off Licence
Off Licence
Off Licence
Pre /06/1960
c.2000s
2010s
 
c.2009
 
No. 408Garons (H. Garon Ltd.)
Swinging Plaice
Big Q
Bakers
Fish and Chip Shop
Fish and Chip Shop
c.1960
c.1974
c.2000s
c.1970s
 
 
No. 410Jeffrey's Hair Fashions
Casal
Istanbul - Traditional Turkish Barber
Ladies' and Gentlemen's Salons
Hairdressers
Hairdressers
Pre /10/1958
1970s
c.2000s
 
2000s
 
No. 412Fryerns Town Sub Office
Margaret Kay
Sub-Post Office
Costcutter
Nisa Local
Office
Haberdashery & wool
Post office services
Foodstore
Foodstore
Pre /06/1959
1960s
1960s
c.2000s
2010s
1960s
--
--
2010s
 
No. 414Howard's Dairies
Kibby's (rebranded: International (1972))
International Stores
Costcutter
Nisa Local
Sub-Post Office
Dairy products
Supermarket
Supermarket
Foodstore
Foodstore
Post office services
Pre /06/1959
1971
1972
c.2000s
2010s
--
1971
1972
--
2010s
 
Open
No. 416G.L. Hill (Gerry Hill)
P. Benson & Sons (Paul Benson)
Artemis Foods
Butchers
Butchers
Butchers/Poultry/Game
Pre /06/1959
1986
/01/2017
c.1986
c./12/2016
 
No. 418J. Bass (Ilford) Ltd.
C.C. Wind (Colin Wind)
Alliance Pharmacy
Rowlands Pharmacy - Numark
Chemist
Chemist
Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Pre /06/1959
c.1970s
2000s
2010s
--
c1990s
2010s
 
No. 420G.W. Allen
Martin's
Newsagent and confectioners
Newsagent and confectioners
1959
1960s
1960s
 
No. 422S.J. Thomas
Discount Shop
Diamond Taskforce
Footwear repairs
General dealer
Charitable organisation
c.1958
--
2000s
c.1960s
--
 
No. 424Cheung Lee
China City - Chinese Food To Take Away
Chinese take-away
Take-away
c./01/1969
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No. 426Gordan Studio (D.L. Regan photographer)
C.E. Wignall
Ladbrooks
Sabari Stores
Commercial photography
Bookmakers
Betting shop
Asian groceries, fruit and vegetables
Pre /06/1959
Pre 06/1961
1990s
2010s
c.1962
 
2010s
 
No. 428H. & G. Supplies
K. Brock & Son (Ken Brock)
Ladies and Gentlemen
Sunbeds & Beauty
Hardware
Hardware
Beauty treatment
Beauty treatment
Pre /07/1969
c.1970s
/08/2000
2010s
1970s
 
2010s
 
No. 430Basildon Launderette Ltd. (Bendix Launderettes Ltd.)
Nail, Tanning and Airbrush Centre
Whitmore Greetings
Launderette
Beauty treatment
Cards, gifts and party shop
c.1958
 
2010s
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2010s
 
No. 432Grays Co-operative Society Ltd. (Co-op)
Zebedee Shop
Quality Kleen
Foodstore
Pram and baby specialists
Dry cleaners
Pre /06/1960
1980s
2000s
--
1990s
 
No. 434Barton's the Bakers
Tasty Buds Café
Bakers
Bakery & Café
1960s
c.2000
c.1980s
 
No. 436London Co-op
Shackel's Tandoori
The Coriander - Indian Cuisine Restaurant
Store
Take-away
Take-away
1960s
2000s
2010s
--
2010s
 
No. 438Dental Surgery - Bray, Coplans & Feeny
Dental Surgery (R.F. O''Sullivan, J.N. O'Mohoney)
Smile Dental Surgery
Dental surgery
Dental surgery
Dental surgery
Pre /06/1959
Pre 06/1962
 
c.1962
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Open
No. 440Roy F.J. Wood (relocated: Pembroke House, 11 Northlands Pavement, Pitsea)
Sickness & Accidents Benefits Ltd.
Mutual Finance Ltd.
Insurance brokers

Insurance benefits
Industry bankers (Hire purchase)
Pre /10/1958

Pre /06/1959
Pre /06/1960
c.1976

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No. 442Roy F.J. Wood (relocated: Pembroke House, 11 Northlands Pavement, Pitsea)Insurance brokersPre /10/1958c.1976

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 at 28 and 30 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. 30Mr & Mrs R.H. & G. Higgins
(Robert Higgins) (Giuseppina Higgins)
(relocated: 562 Whitmore Way)
Groceriesc.19571950s
No. 28Edwin 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 WayOpenClosed
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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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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