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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #13 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)

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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #12 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?

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« Reply #11 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 !! 

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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #10 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!
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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #9 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?

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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 16:41:05 »
I know Sainsbury's was there, I'm sure British Home Stores was too.

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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #7 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?

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« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #4 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


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Re: Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2009, 18:34:12 »
Wasn't the ground they built on something to do with a Monastory?

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« Reply #2 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 !!

 

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Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
« Reply #1 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!  :)

 

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