Laindon Shopping Centre Free Guide

By David Merchant

The early days of the new shopping centre for Laindon.

Editors note

The following images are from a publicity leaflet produced for the Laindon Centre (Origin unknown) and clearly show how the original intentions were to provide a pleasant local shopping experience.  What went so wrong to leave us with the present centre, which is now almost shop less?

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This page was added by David Merchant on 06/07/2011.
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Destined to failure, who would shop here when Basildon Town Centre was so close, had a larger choice of shops and many being part of large chains, could offer a wider selection of goods at a lower price. Some locals would remain as regular customers purely for convenience, many would shop here just to try it out and then realise it wasn't for them, but the local government brought the final nail for the coffin by allowing the development of out of town retail parks with large free car parks.  

Note to Richard: Ford didn't produce the Granada in this colour, therefore it has to be a Mk 3 Cortina and looking at the twin headlamp arrangement it has to be the GXL model. And I wonder why I have no friends. 

By Donald Joy
On 24/11/2016

Mustard yellow Ford Granada, Laindon Shopping Centre- that's class . Bartons the baker, their custard tarts were magic. The South China restaurant too, a nice meal at midday - perfect. Whatever happened to it all?

By Richard Haines
On 23/11/2016

I worked for Barclays Bank in Laindon. The original premises were at the end of the High Road, last building on the right before the station.  We moved into the shopping centre on 1st June 1970. Under the clock. 

By Angela Cooke Nee Bransom
On 23/11/2016

My mum still has the original brochure for our lovely new shopping centre.

Oh what a shadow of its former glory it is now. :-(

By Dave Tuting
On 24/01/2016

I remember the Laindon shopping centre when it first opened my dad used to take me to Mr Harris the barber, my first bank account was with Natwest, there was so many shops there. Last time I visited it was like a ghost town really run down. When you think what a lovely High Road we had, everything you wanted there was a shop for it.

By Keith Nock
On 14/07/2011