Leisure => Retail => Topic started by: Galgo23 on November 18, 2009, 21:29:50

Title: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on November 18, 2009, 21:29:50
Hi

I'm not sure if anyone can help me, but I moved to Hempstead in 1979 shortly after the shopping centre was opened. Does anyone recall what the area was like before, or does anyone have any photographs?

Cheers!  :)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: flower411 on December 23, 2009, 17:10:45
Can`t help with pictures but my first ever Saturday job was collecting trolleys from the car parks and returning them to the Savacentre entrance.
Savacentre was, I think, the only shop open for months while they finished all the shops in the Malls. Everywhere was boarded up and we used to have great fun trying to smash down the walls with our trolleys !!!

If you are looking for photos or people who remember, it might be an idea to start at the Wigmore and District Smallholders club. My Dad was a member there and he told me years ago that he remembers parcels of land changing hands in card games, it was considered to be so wo
rthless !!

 
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: colin haggart on December 23, 2009, 18:34:12
Wasn't the ground they built on something to do with a Monastory?
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: clive on December 24, 2009, 00:38:04
There are 5 pictures of the construction phase on this website


http://www.rainham-history.co.uk/html/hempstead_valley_savacentre.htm (http://www.rainham-history.co.uk/html/hempstead_valley_savacentre.htm)


Clive
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Riding With The Angels on December 24, 2009, 01:00:22
Hi Galgo - try this thread of mine -

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3979.0 (http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3979.0)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: otis on December 24, 2009, 20:09:19
My first job was also a trolley boy at the Savacentre. 3 weeks in the summer of 1983.

Used to love being in charge of the trolley escalator thing that fed trolleys up from the car park level. It made a heck of a racket, and every so often one would come lose from the conveyor and come flying back down towards you. Rapid exit needed until it landed.

That can't be still in service due to Health and Safety, surely ?

Aspired to be one of the guys who drove the trolley tractors around. They got paid a little more. They were the elite of the trolley boys.

One day.........

   regards Otis
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: rainhamhistory on January 08, 2010, 16:01:20
Someone sent me those photos of the construction - a fascinating record of it.

One question we are trying to resolve - can anyone name the shops that were there when the centre originally opened?

Andy
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: colin haggart on January 08, 2010, 16:41:05
I know Sainsbury's was there, I'm sure British Home Stores was too.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: peterchall on January 08, 2010, 16:45:05
Purely from memory, my wife and I think that there has been very little change in the original centre. One that does come to mind is Safeways being where BHS is now. We thought at the time that the centre wouldn't support two supermarkets, and Sainsbury's won.

However, the mall leading up to M&S (WH Smith, Superdrugs, etc) was a later addition, but how much later we can't say.

We thought that the Sainsbury's premises was a 'Savacentre' - branches of the firm different (cheaper?) than the normal Sainsbury's. Was that so?

Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: peterchall on January 08, 2010, 16:57:54
Colin's Reply#8 just beat me to it, so I've just consulted daughter who worked at BHS Chatham from 1984. She went to Hempsted Valley to help open the branch, so there must have been something else there before, but she can't remember what. I've got a nagging memory that Safeways was where Argos is now, but wife disagrees. Oh heck, I'm confusing things more - sorry!
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: flower411 on January 08, 2010, 17:22:33
I must admit that I thought the Savacentre was a joint venture between Sainsbury and British Home Stores.

I don`t remember Argos being anything other than a newsagents before ....was it Forbuoys ??

As to the rest ....the food area was the Picnic Parlour with a Wimpey ...I think !! 
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: karlostg on January 08, 2010, 17:29:31

I don`t remember Argos being anything other than a newsagents before ....was it Forbuoys ??
 

Wasnt it a John Menzies at some stage?
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: rainhamhistory on January 08, 2010, 17:30:00
I probably need to get a map or a current listing to compare with what is there now!

Safeway (originally Presto) was the opposite end of the centre where BHS is now. Savacentre was originally a joint venture between Sainsburys and BHS but they bought out BHS a few years back so the shop is now just Sainsburys. The additional space was added in 1991.

So far the list is:

NSS (Newsagents) then became Forbuoys (now half Argos & half JB Sports shop)
Our Price (Game shop)
Post Office (not one of the original shops but where perfume shop is now)
Dry cleaners
Sainsburys Savacentre (now just Sainsburys)
Boots
Thomas Cook
Presto Supermarket (was then Safeway now BHS)
Wimpy Burger Bar
Spud-U-Like
Fads
Bejam (?) Suggested but may have been different freezer shop
Principles (Now Hawkins Bazaar)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: peterchall on January 08, 2010, 17:33:30
I can say for certain that BHS was never associated with Sainsbury's.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: rainhamhistory on January 08, 2010, 17:36:02
I can say for certain that BHS was never associated with Sainsbury's.
Sorry to pick this up but Savacentre was the name for the joint venture between Sainsburys and BHS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sainsbury's_Savacentre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sainsbury's_Savacentre)

In March 1989, Sainsbury's bought out BhS's 50% share in the partnership and Savacentre became a wholly-owned subsidiary


There is also some history of the area around Hempstead Valley
on their website http://www.hempsteadvalley.com/history (http://www.hempsteadvalley.com/history)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: peterchall on January 08, 2010, 17:50:24
Woops - sorry. Have just consulted daughter again, who says she doesn't know. She was on management staff from 1984 to about 2 years ago and the firm changed hands at least 3 times while she worked there. It was owned by Terence Conran when she started, then was taken over by an American company, now owned by Philip Green.That's her excuse for not knowing, what excuse can I think of?
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: MedwayDweller on January 08, 2010, 22:40:49
I do remember when Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre opened in the late seventies there was this weird scheme in the Savacentre supermarket where you had to check any shopping bags in. You were given a raffle ticket then, when when you had finished your shopping you returned to the bag check with your ticket to get your shopping bags back again. I guess it was an attempt to cut down on shoplifting.

I also remember some small "shutter-front" shops just behind where the rows of Sainsburys check-outs are now. They were only very small areas with no entrances as such, you just walked into this area and at night shutters were pulled down to make them secure. i do remember Dixons having such a shop and oggling the latest digital watches as a teenager!

Seems weird to think that Sainsburys once had competition there with the likes of Presto/Sainsburys. Wonder why they left, can anyone remember when it was?
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: rainhamhistory on January 08, 2010, 23:49:34
I also remember some small "shutter-front" shops just behind where the rows of Sainsburys check-outs are now. They were only very small areas with no entrances as such, you just walked into this area and at night shutters were pulled down to make them secure. i do remember Dixons having such a shop and oggling the latest digital watches as a teenager!

I'd forgotten about that! I seem to remember that one of them was a tobacco kiosk but some others there too. I guess they removed them to make more space for their tills.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: seafordpete on January 09, 2010, 09:30:35
The pub there which opened late December 1980 ( I think - in similar weather to this) was originally to be called "The Snooty Fox" after threat of legal action by a Restauranteur ( Conran?) with a place the same name it was changed to "Hungry  Fox". In all the panic the brewery forgot to apply for a licence and it was opened on a succession of occasional licences from all the local Whitbread managed houses in Medway. The other design failure was the building of a childrens play room with its own soft drinks bar at the end of the main bar. The magistrates went mad on their tour as seemingly the law referred not only to the purchase of alcohol by minors  but them  "having sight" of it being done. Another day wasted removing all the draught soft drinks kit so it could be boarded in.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Jason on January 09, 2010, 17:23:53
I also remember some small "shutter-front" shops just behind where the rows of Sainsburys check-outs are now. They were only very small areas with no entrances as such, you just walked into this area and at night shutters were pulled down to make them secure. i do remember Dixons having such a shop and oggling the latest digital watches as a teenager!

I'd forgotten about that! I seem to remember that one of them was a tobacco kiosk but some
others there too. I guess they removed them to make more space for their tills.

Wasn't one of them owned by WH Smiths?  They used to sell that old favourite "Protect and Survive" there.

Argos and the next door sports shop started out as Forbouys, then became NSS and John Menzies (or it could have been in a different order) with a first floor area as well.

Wasn't Fads where the opening to go to Marks and Spencer is now?

I remember the odd moulded fibre-glass seats with fixed tables in red and green in the cafe area.  Great if you were in a group of four or less, and you weren't too tall or short :)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Rex on March 16, 2010, 22:50:56
Hi

I'm not sure if anyone can help me, but I moved to Hempstead in 1979 shortly after the shopping centre was opened. Does anyone recall what the area was like before, or does anyone have any photographs?

Cheers!  :)

Woods, as someone mentioned earlier..
but, i lived in wigmore most of my life, when i was aged around 7 or 8, they were called bluebell woods at the time ( i believe now, that bluebell woods are in springvale) before grain road, harty avenue and the rest of wigmore road was built up it was all fields, and only a few houses dotted around, there was a local builder called Skinners who built quite a few of the houses in the area, who was friendly with my dad. if you go along wigmore rd now, there should still be a small lane running of it opposite the housing estate, called houghton avenue, in the early days you could walk down here, as a wooded path which led to a pig farm owned by a Jim Jeevus, he was a bit mad apparently and his pigs used to run all over Bluebell woods, and you would often see him chasing them through the trees. if you went to the bottom of wigmore rd, by the prefabs adjoing fairview avenue, there was a bumpy lane which led to a few old houses and some more fields, to the side of the fields was a small track /path which went from one side of wigmore over to hempstead. the link road hadnt been heard of at this time, it was from this small lane up to houghton avenue that they built the savacentre, the link road actually ended there and further up past the savacentre( or the continuing of the link road, there was a chalkpit where we used to ride our claude butler fixed wheel bikes, it wasnt until later that the rest of the link road was built when the had made the next link of the motorway, after this link was made, they added the rest, Farthing corner, etc.. thats the best my memory sserves at this time of night, i will post some more when my eyes are open wider, i have some pics of this area but they may be on an old cine film which is in the loft if i can work out how to transfer i will envetually put it up.i have some of bredhurst as well.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: seafordpete on March 21, 2010, 11:10:45

As to the early years of the shopping centre.  Memory suggests that the whole project was by a development company part-owned by Sainsbury's and a clothing company who were also the partners in the Savacentre shop itself.

It was a joint ownership between British Home Stores and Sainsbury,
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on March 21, 2010, 14:55:21
Here's an old aerial photo of the shopping centre from about 1980. Spekes Road (Kingsdown Close) is accessible from Sharsted Way and still only runs as far as Kingsdown Farm. Spekes Road (Lambs Frith Grove) has been cut off on the other side but I remember this used to be accessible from Sharsted Way before The Rise was completed. Other notable differences to today, Chapel Lane on the top right of the picture is still a lane running through the woods, this was soon built over. The Hungry Fox is yet to be built, indeed when I remember Hempstead Valley Drive at this time was only open as far as the Savacentre delivery area. The woods at the bottom were cleared to build Stalham Court and Coppice Court in the mid 1980s, and of course, this picture was taken long before the extension of the shopping centre and Marks and Spencers. Now all I need is to find a similar photograph from a few years earlier.  :)

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/HempsteadValley.jpg)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on March 21, 2010, 17:16:42
Some more old photos.

Putting the finishing touches to the centre (1978?)
(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/sava4.jpg)

Simon Bates at the Radio One Roadshow (1979)
(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/sava3.jpg)

The original petrol station (1979)
(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/sava2.jpg)

Inside the centre (circa 1980)
(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/Sava1.jpg)
 

:)
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Post by: Rainwoman on March 21, 2010, 17:22:53
Great photos!  I actually applied for a job at the Savacentre before it was even finished.  I was interviewed in a mobile office on the building site.  I never actually worked there though. I can confirm its Sainsbury/BHS origins - BHS clothing was sold there under the BHS label.  They used to have a black and yellow logo on their clothing label with "Prova" (or something like that) on it.

it was known to children as White Gate Woods. 
That's as I remember it too.  
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Quite fre
quently a group of friends from the St Mathew's Church youthclub, led by the vicar's sons Harald and Mark Muller
I was also a member of St. Matthew's youth club and was friends with Mark & Harald.  Perhaps I know you...?  
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on March 21, 2010, 20:25:38
Here's another of the centre under construction around 1978.

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/1048530_282e01e8.jpg)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on March 22, 2010, 10:17:36
There still exists a Whitegate Woods, a narrow strip running between Hempstead Valley Drive and Birch Grove. Nice to know where the name came from!  :)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: tono on March 22, 2010, 17:48:06
Sharmuk: I think it was Ford Seaway, i entered a colouring competition there when they introduced the Ford Sierra in 1982.

It was Seaway Medway. They later became Dagenham Motors. I think it would have closed (before becoming at McD's/Travel Agents) around 1987 as whenever we went to Savacentre, I always wandered around the Ford Dealers rather than go shopping! The latest brochure I have in my collection with a Seaway Dealer Stamp was from 1986.

I had an 83 Mk3 Escort Ghia that was supplied by Seaways that came with all of its original pap
erwork and dealer stickers.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: The Rook on April 03, 2010, 10:51:58
First Post!

It'll be silly for me to quote all the bits that I want to say, so I'm just going to jump in.

A shop that hasn't been mentioned is Dolcis. My auntie worked in the Dolcis (shoe shop), it then changed to Freeman, Hardy & Willis. It can just about seen in picture that shows the Radio 1 Roadshow, (elsewhere) in this thread. Is now where there is the big gap that leads to the extension where the M&S now is. To the right of Dolcis was a 'Halfords type place' at some point because I remember my mum dropping a can of yellow spray-paint, the top came off and it wouldn't stop spraying (happy days!). To the left of Dolcis was an 'Athena type place' that sold pictures and posters. Next to that was Dixon's, then it was the Boots.

I too remember the Dixon's actually in the Savacentre too. I was one of the kids that mum would drag out in the morning while the kids TV was on; whilst mum was packing the shopping we'd go and watch the TV there.

I remember when Darth Vader made an appearance in-store, then the year later R2-D2 did one, too.

There was a Kentucky Fried Chicken between Wimpy and Spud-U-Like.

Does anyone else remember when the RAF used to have a static display in the car park? There would be 4 or 5 full-sized aircraft (Harrier, Jaguar etc.) and some cockpits that you could sit in.

There used to be a scratchcard booth just where the entrance to the restaurant area is.

In the middle of NSS was a flight of stairs that lead up to their toy department.

I think that's me done for now.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: The Rook on April 03, 2010, 11:06:34
(http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac217/MatedRook/scan001646467467i.jpg)

Have just found this. Taken in 1983 at a guess. My mum used to be part of a dog training club and was asked to do a display in the car park.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on April 03, 2010, 14:02:15
I remember meeting Darth Vader/ Dave Prowse. About 1983 I think.
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Post by: seafordpete on April 04, 2010, 10:45:06
One of mine lads has an autographed PC of him from there to,
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on April 10, 2010, 17:38:31
Another interesting artefact from around the time of the centres opening in 1978. Interesting aerial shot too, if only it was a bit bigger.

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/17069_241742950138_205669300138_311.jpg)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on April 10, 2010, 17:50:49
Some 1970s boy racer has pranged their Anglia here.

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/17069_241743125138_205669300138_311.jpg)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on April 10, 2010, 17:55:09
Here's a later aerial shot (mid-late 1980s?) after the area around the centre became more developed.

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/17069_241743170138_205669300138_311.jpg)
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Post by: Galgo23 on April 10, 2010, 23:01:57
Another one for your pleasure. The Savacentre petrol station in the late 1970s. For you classic car spotters, from left to right, Vauxhall Viva (?), Morris Marina, Triumph 2000, and a Ford Capri. Is that a Rover P6 poking it's nose in?

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/Petrolstation.jpg)
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Post by: Galgo23 on May 28, 2010, 20:46:15

Dave Prowse as Darth Vader at Hempstead Valley, 1983?

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/DarthSava83.jpg)
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Post by: pants on June 10, 2010, 20:49:58
Someone mentioned earlier about Safeway used to be in there and they are correct.. Believe it or not i'm only 29 but remember this!!

It started out as Presto then went to safeway and it used to be where BHS is now.  I use to shop there with mum and remember it well, quite small supermarket but it was there for sometime. 
Other shops i remember where Shoe Save where Clintons now is and Our Price.  Can't remember anymore at the moment but sure if any one else asks anything it will jog my memory.
I'm sure i have an old Savacentre badge somewhere that i got there when i was small!!
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on June 27, 2010, 22:41:36
Hehe, I've still got some old Savacentre badges!  :)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: MedwayDweller on June 27, 2010, 23:05:34
And I have a keyring somewhere with the opening times on. Amazing how early such a big place closed looking back, we take for granted the 24/7 opening hours now. 
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: PaulG on June 27, 2010, 23:19:06
Savacentre Ltd
Hours was
Sunday closed
Monday to Saturday
8:30am to 8pm

That was when I started in 1988

the petrol station had a tyre fitting bay,
(i remember where Shoe Save where Clintons now ) was Fads but b4 that it was the savacentre's nonfood / garden centre.
when i get more time i will list more
Night all
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on June 28, 2010, 17:08:15
I think when it first opened it was closed Sunday AND Monday, I think i've got one of those keyrings with the opening times too!
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Post by: johnnyt93 on August 08, 2010, 21:06:35
Used to love going to the savacentre as a kid loved watching the big fish in the pond. Naughty kids (not me ahem) used to chuck the filling of the plant pots into the pond and the fish would eat it, wonder how they survived that long!

Going to the upstairs room of NSS on saturdays to spend my pocket money on toys is another memory I have. Having a take away at the food court was a real treat back then, oh how times have changed!
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: rainhamhistory on September 11, 2010, 19:02:52
For anyone local to Hempstead Valley there are currently a few boards outside Sainsburys (near the key cutting shop) with photos of the construction and opening along with various events that took place in the late 1970s and 1980s.

I'm hoping that I'll get a full list of the original shops from the photos and info that was there.

Andy
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Mr. Ron on September 12, 2010, 11:02:50
RE: Dave Prowse as Darth Vader at Hempstead Valley, 1983?

I'm afraid not. Me and some friends were sat to the side of where this photo was taken (was it really 1983?). I remember us all falling about laughing because the chap in the suit was obviously not the real deal. He's was stood on a raised platform in the photograph.

The advertising was very careful if I recall - meet "Darth Vadar" the signs said!. Well this guy was rather shorter and definitely hadn't seen a gym.

Ok, he wasn't a midget but he was obviously nowhere near as tall as the 6'5"-6'7" Dave Prowse was at the time. Don't forget we remembered him as the Green Cross Code Man also.

The killing blow was seeming "imposter Vadar" half an hour later nipping through one of the double doors to the staff area and being loudly acknowledged, by name, by his Savacentre colleagues. Even the sceptic in our crowd had to concede we were right.

Shame on you Savacentre - getting a chap in your stockroom to dress up just to flog toys. At least Bentalls had the real Dr Who!.

Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on September 13, 2010, 09:02:58
Well, whilst I find your story more amusing. The time I met Mr Vader I also met Mr Prowse as well, in fact I still have the signed photo to prove it. That was certainly 1983-4, around the time of Return of the Jedi anyhow. However that photo could possibly date from another appearance circa 1980, as performed by an NSS Saturday boy!
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on October 01, 2010, 20:02:37
An aerial view of the area taken in the 1960s. Wigmore is on the right, Hoath Way is being built in the middle and Hempstead Valley is on the left.

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/GM00171-07-1.jpg)

Photo obtained from NA3T Transport Photos. http://www.transportphotos.com/road/photo/GM00171-07
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on February 16, 2011, 18:41:57
A map of the area shortly before construction of the shopping centre.

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/m100954_579530_163401.png)
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Post by: sturoberts1975 on February 17, 2011, 10:30:26
There is a small display on the history of Hempstead Valley shopping centre, it is located at the top of the stairs from the underground car park (Close to Sainsburys and Clinton cards) I was there Wednesday morning, sadly did not have time to stop and browse
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Post by: Hollands on March 26, 2011, 17:58:20
A map of the area shortly before construction of the shopping centre.


Where did you find the map Galgo?
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Galgo23 on March 31, 2011, 10:36:38
www.old-maps.co.uk  :)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: YoungNan on February 22, 2012, 16:04:12


I work in Sava when it opened, on the checkout tills.
No scanning in those days, oh no.  Had to memorise many codes that applied to the product. To an age, and believe me, customers are not very happy waiting in the queues.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Starboyx23 on April 09, 2012, 23:02:43
Any pics of the other, larger water feature / fountain from outside Sainsbury's?
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: silkenrobe on April 10, 2012, 09:23:20


I work in Sava when it opened, on the checkout tills.
No scanning in those days, oh no.  Had to memorise many codes that applied to the product. To an age, and believe me, customers are not very happy waiting in the queues.


Same here, although not when it first opened

We were taught how to 'touch type' when I was till trained and I could certainly enter a price on the number pad then you had to hit the department it came from - I was pretty quick and can still use a number pad without looking :)
It was some how more personal checking out this way in stores
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
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(http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff446/HoathWay/1374911_10151871326335139_253160522_n.jpg) (http://s1236.photobucket.com/user/HoathWay/media/1374911_10151871326335139_253160522_n.jpg.html)

(http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff446/HoathWay/1391895_10151871299940139_371762881_n.jpg) (http://s1236.photobucket.com/user/HoathWay/media/1391895_10151871299940139_371762881_n.jpg.html)

Now, does anyone have photos of the area before the shopping centre was built?

Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: AlanH on December 04, 2013, 08:38:30
My Mrs worked there in a restaurant when it opened and I was supposed to pick her up at the end of her shift. Trouble was I nearly always spent a few hours in the Queens Head in Wigmore beforehand and my arrival time at the Savacentre to pick her up could be a bit erratic.
Never mind, walking home in the cold and wet toughened her up.......... :)
AlanH.
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: 80sChild on March 06, 2017, 14:52:19

Dave Prowse as Darth Vader at Hempstead Valley, 1983?

(http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/galgo23/DarthSava83.jpg)

My family were actually THERE at the time this Darth Vader appearance happened!  :)

I personally don't remember it myself, but my father and my older brother do. My father says that even though it was just a costume, he was actually quite INTIMIDATED to see walking around. :)

In case your wondering, they're not in the picture by the way. :)
Title: Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Post by: Dave Smith on March 07, 2017, 14:09:12
Maybe just a little off the thread but I think you might find it interesting. I met Dave Proust many years later, he was looking old & walking with a stick as he had bad arthritis. He told me that he had been Mr. Gt. Britain prior to Garth Vader & had entered for Mr. Universe. Didn't win & was told - as an aside - by one of the judges, " you'll never win with feet like that"!