New shops destined for Southend's Victoria Shopping Centre

New stores set for Victoria Centre

New stores set for Victoria Centre

First published in Echo News by

A SHOPPING centre is on its way to filling up empty shops with some big high street names.

Poundland is in talks with management at the Victoria Shopping Centre in Southend High Street about opening a new store, while Metro Bank is also close to signing a lease.

Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket”

Vape and Juice is set to open today while the Fast Cash Company is opening next month.

The new arrivals would see 90 per cent of shops full in the centre.

Manager Dennis Baldry said: “It’s good to have stores in.

“There have been several lettings in the High Street as well, so it’s a demonstration in Southend that the economy is starting to turn.

“It’s good news for everyone.”

Vape and Juice, which cells e-cigarettes and the flavoured juices to create the vapour they use, is opening in a first floor unit next to Fury Flowers that has been empty since a jeweller moved out about two years ago.

The Fast Cash Company, a pawnbroking and loans service, is opening in the former Mini Ha Ha handbag shop the other side of Fury Flowers, which closed about a year ago.

Metro Bank, a new British retail bank, founded in 2010, has applied to Southend Council for planning permission to turn the large unit occupied by HMV into a bank.

The Echo understands HMV would move to another unit in the shopping centre rather than close.

Poundland is also understood to be in preliminary talks over opening a discount store, possibly in the large unit next to Boots, although no lease has been agreed.

Deputy council leader John Lamb, who has special responsibility for regeneration and enterprise, said: “It’s a good news story. It shows how business is coming in and regenerating back in Southend.

“Retail units, even if they are small ones, could be niche and it brings business and increase footfall.

“When people see empty shops, they don’t want to go there.

“It’s a real good news story to get units filled and we are starting to see that.”

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1:13pm Mon 19 May 14

pembury53 says...

"The Fast Cash Company, a pawnbroking and loans service", e-cigarettes and 'pound land'........ the pennies finally dropped
"The Fast Cash Company, a pawnbroking and loans service", e-cigarettes and 'pound land'........ the pennies finally dropped pembury53
  • Score: 48

1:34pm Mon 19 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

Poundland

Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket”

Fast Cash Company

These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.
Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 64

1:41pm Mon 19 May 14

eurodoomed says...

At least the old Talza and Victiria Arcades had some interesting shops such as Bobins the booksellers, and the Hobby Store, as I think it was called, selling Hornby and Scalextric. The top end of the town is now virtually a no-go area for shopping.
At least the old Talza and Victiria Arcades had some interesting shops such as Bobins the booksellers, and the Hobby Store, as I think it was called, selling Hornby and Scalextric. The top end of the town is now virtually a no-go area for shopping. eurodoomed
  • Score: 36

1:45pm Mon 19 May 14

Eastwoodian says...

Big High Street names ?

I have never heard of any of them !!!
Big High Street names ? I have never heard of any of them !!! Eastwoodian
  • Score: 46

1:49pm Mon 19 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

eurodoomed wrote:
At least the old Talza and Victiria Arcades had some interesting shops such as Bobins the booksellers, and the Hobby Store, as I think it was called, selling Hornby and Scalextric. The top end of the town is now virtually a no-go area for shopping.
There used be very nice shops in the High street. Gap, Ravel etc. Now there is nothing but coffee places, junk shops, pawn shops and discount shops. Blah!
[quote][p][bold]eurodoomed[/bold] wrote: At least the old Talza and Victiria Arcades had some interesting shops such as Bobins the booksellers, and the Hobby Store, as I think it was called, selling Hornby and Scalextric. The top end of the town is now virtually a no-go area for shopping.[/p][/quote]There used be very nice shops in the High street. Gap, Ravel etc. Now there is nothing but coffee places, junk shops, pawn shops and discount shops. Blah! Happy Chickie
  • Score: 33

1:52pm Mon 19 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

pembury53 wrote:
"The Fast Cash Company, a pawnbroking and loans service", e-cigarettes and 'pound land'........ the pennies finally dropped
A Pound shop, E-ciggies and a loan shop, yes this will entice me into the shopping centre, brilliant news.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: "The Fast Cash Company, a pawnbroking and loans service", e-cigarettes and 'pound land'........ the pennies finally dropped[/p][/quote]A Pound shop, E-ciggies and a loan shop, yes this will entice me into the shopping centre, brilliant news. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 35

1:56pm Mon 19 May 14

notunique says...

I'd think twice about ordering from 'Fury Flowers'
I'd think twice about ordering from 'Fury Flowers' notunique
  • Score: 12

1:57pm Mon 19 May 14

notunique says...

'Fury Flowers'...sounds like a pleasant florist.
'Fury Flowers'...sounds like a pleasant florist. notunique
  • Score: 11

2:00pm Mon 19 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

Vape and Juice, which cells e-cigarettes

Echo you need to learn to spell.
Vape and Juice, which cells e-cigarettes Echo you need to learn to spell. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 17

2:23pm Mon 19 May 14

DannyK86 says...

Good to see Metro bank coming, but the rest is not a great image for the town.
Good to see Metro bank coming, but the rest is not a great image for the town. DannyK86
  • Score: 17

2:24pm Mon 19 May 14

LightningJaques1 says...

'Fury Flowers'? Shame on you Echo its Fiori Flowers. And your based in the town. Try leaving the office and taking a proper look at the town your reporting on.
'Fury Flowers'? Shame on you Echo its Fiori Flowers. And your based in the town. Try leaving the office and taking a proper look at the town your reporting on. LightningJaques1
  • Score: 46

2:30pm Mon 19 May 14

Leighdweller says...

I know the management of the centre has to make the place pay and they have to generate rental income, so good luck to them filing the shops, BUT... a depressing place to go to sounds like it's going to get a lot worse.

I think Lakeside, Bluewater & Westfield will be safe for a little time to come yet.
I know the management of the centre has to make the place pay and they have to generate rental income, so good luck to them filing the shops, BUT... a depressing place to go to sounds like it's going to get a lot worse. I think Lakeside, Bluewater & Westfield will be safe for a little time to come yet. Leighdweller
  • Score: 33

2:31pm Mon 19 May 14

tws123 says...

Although having more shops and jobs in the town centre is great news, I find it difficult to get excited by yet another Poundland, an e-cig shop, another pawn shop and a bank. Yes you may be 90% occupied after this, but unfortunately the majority of stores are tat which is a real disappointment considering the fantastic refurbishment it was given!
Although having more shops and jobs in the town centre is great news, I find it difficult to get excited by yet another Poundland, an e-cig shop, another pawn shop and a bank. Yes you may be 90% occupied after this, but unfortunately the majority of stores are tat which is a real disappointment considering the fantastic refurbishment it was given! tws123
  • Score: 32

2:51pm Mon 19 May 14

southend4ever says...

...because we really need another loan company in the town! Nothing against the various pound-shop chains and budget outlet shops like Wilkersons, B&M's etc at all. But they are not prestige companies that attract people to shop in Southend. So we get Poundland and Fast Cash (loan) company together and Poundstretcher across from the horrendous Brighthouse. There's another loan company recently opened up at Kent Elms Corner recently. Right next to a "super-output"area in Mendip Estate. They're all over the place. Mr Lamb should be working to prevent these sort of companies targeting the vulnerable people in our town.
...because we really need another loan company in the town! Nothing against the various pound-shop chains and budget outlet shops like Wilkersons, B&M's etc at all. But they are not prestige companies that attract people to shop in Southend. So we get Poundland and Fast Cash (loan) company together and Poundstretcher across from the horrendous Brighthouse. There's another loan company recently opened up at Kent Elms Corner recently. Right next to a "super-output"area in Mendip Estate. They're all over the place. Mr Lamb should be working to prevent these sort of companies targeting the vulnerable people in our town. southend4ever
  • Score: 35

2:59pm Mon 19 May 14

southend4ever says...

..."some big high street names." I can't even find the Fast Cash Company on the internet!! Another "quality" money lending outlet sucking the life out of the vulnerable people in our town. Enough is enough!
..."some big high street names." I can't even find the Fast Cash Company on the internet!! Another "quality" money lending outlet sucking the life out of the vulnerable people in our town. Enough is enough! southend4ever
  • Score: 31

3:53pm Mon 19 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

southend4ever wrote:
...because we really need another loan company in the town! Nothing against the various pound-shop chains and budget outlet shops like Wilkersons, B&M's etc at all. But they are not prestige companies that attract people to shop in Southend. So we get Poundland and Fast Cash (loan) company together and Poundstretcher across from the horrendous Brighthouse. There's another loan company recently opened up at Kent Elms Corner recently. Right next to a "super-output"a
rea in Mendip Estate. They're all over the place. Mr Lamb should be working to prevent these sort of companies targeting the vulnerable people in our town.
Well said, and very good point regarding Kent Elms.
yes no trace of 'Fast Cash' anywhere on the web, just another 1478%apr operation that target the most desperate of people, yes you can see it now, hoards of new shoppers puffing on a Fruity E-fag holding 5 poundland shopping bags spending the Fast cash they just got by pawning their PS4 complete with Guitar Hero.
[quote][p][bold]southend4ever[/bold] wrote: ...because we really need another loan company in the town! Nothing against the various pound-shop chains and budget outlet shops like Wilkersons, B&M's etc at all. But they are not prestige companies that attract people to shop in Southend. So we get Poundland and Fast Cash (loan) company together and Poundstretcher across from the horrendous Brighthouse. There's another loan company recently opened up at Kent Elms Corner recently. Right next to a "super-output"a rea in Mendip Estate. They're all over the place. Mr Lamb should be working to prevent these sort of companies targeting the vulnerable people in our town.[/p][/quote]Well said, and very good point regarding Kent Elms. yes no trace of 'Fast Cash' anywhere on the web, just another 1478%apr operation that target the most desperate of people, yes you can see it now, hoards of new shoppers puffing on a Fruity E-fag holding 5 poundland shopping bags spending the Fast cash they just got by pawning their PS4 complete with Guitar Hero. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 26

4:46pm Mon 19 May 14

shoess3 says...

Southend is seriously bad for shopping. How the likes of Basildon can have a Superdry but nothing like it in Southend is beyond belief. We need big names, John Lewis, Hollister, Karen Millen and decent restaurants. Miller and Carter, Zizzis, Cafe Rouge. Instead we get William Hill, Poundland and the Money Shop. There are so many well-earning individuals around so I can't imagine they will be empty. The problem is most likely snobbery, and a lack of bravery from the retailers. Patisserie Valerie made a brave move and they're packed all day, everyday.
Southend is seriously bad for shopping. How the likes of Basildon can have a Superdry but nothing like it in Southend is beyond belief. We need big names, John Lewis, Hollister, Karen Millen and decent restaurants. Miller and Carter, Zizzis, Cafe Rouge. Instead we get William Hill, Poundland and the Money Shop. There are so many well-earning individuals around so I can't imagine they will be empty. The problem is most likely snobbery, and a lack of bravery from the retailers. Patisserie Valerie made a brave move and they're packed all day, everyday. shoess3
  • Score: 38

5:00pm Mon 19 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Quality......
Quality...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

5:04pm Mon 19 May 14

emcee says...

The Victoria Centre, it seems, is gradually becoming rather tacky. Hardly the upmarket or boutique "shopping" experience the owners probably envisaged at the start. Still, their rents probably priced themselves out of the market and are now grabbing absolutely anything they can get hold of..

A bank - Ok, yet another bank. Yawn.

An E-Cigarette outlet - Hmmm... there is already a Vape and Juice on Southchurch Road (near the White Horse). I have never see anyone in there. Also, what happens if they ban E Cigarettes or highly regulate them? I find it hard to believe that Vape and Juice will be more than a five minute wonder.

Pondland - Whoopy doo. Nothing new to see here, move along.

Pawnshop/Loans - Again, these are ten a penny. The greedy ripping off the financially vunerable.

Will this news entice me into the Victoria Centre? Not on your nelly.
The Victoria Centre, it seems, is gradually becoming rather tacky. Hardly the upmarket or boutique "shopping" experience the owners probably envisaged at the start. Still, their rents probably priced themselves out of the market and are now grabbing absolutely anything they can get hold of.. A bank - Ok, yet another bank. Yawn. An E-Cigarette outlet - Hmmm... there is already a Vape and Juice on Southchurch Road (near the White Horse). I have never see anyone in there. Also, what happens if they ban E Cigarettes or highly regulate them? I find it hard to believe that Vape and Juice will be more than a five minute wonder. Pondland - Whoopy doo. Nothing new to see here, move along. Pawnshop/Loans - Again, these are ten a penny. The greedy ripping off the financially vunerable. Will this news entice me into the Victoria Centre? Not on your nelly. emcee
  • Score: 29

6:24pm Mon 19 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

If they want big chains to come to town. Make 3 hours parking free but only in car parks, Roadside parking should still pay the ful tariff
If they want big chains to come to town. Make 3 hours parking free but only in car parks, Roadside parking should still pay the ful tariff Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 15

6:25pm Mon 19 May 14

cairoqueen says...

Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.
Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders. cairoqueen
  • Score: 12

6:31pm Mon 19 May 14

cairoqueen says...

Is the council trying to ruin this town ,no one will want to come if all they see is a mini Basildon. There are some decent people in this town , don't swamp us with cheap junk. Bring back Keddies, or some thing similar. The bottom of town could do with a record shop.
Is the council trying to ruin this town ,no one will want to come if all they see is a mini Basildon. There are some decent people in this town , don't swamp us with cheap junk. Bring back Keddies, or some thing similar. The bottom of town could do with a record shop. cairoqueen
  • Score: 23

7:01pm Mon 19 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Vape and Juice, which cells e-cigarettes Echo you need to learn to spell.
ONE spelling mistake, and easy to make, l noticed that too but didn`t think it was worth pointing out !!
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Vape and Juice, which cells e-cigarettes Echo you need to learn to spell.[/p][/quote]ONE spelling mistake, and easy to make, l noticed that too but didn`t think it was worth pointing out !! Almeda11
  • Score: -3

7:13pm Mon 19 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.
THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater.

Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true.

A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.[/p][/quote]THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on. Almeda11
  • Score: -7

7:31pm Mon 19 May 14

Almeda11 says...

cairoqueen wrote:
Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.
Not true, look around you, BHS, M and S, WH Smith, Deichmann, H and V, Primark, TK Max, , River lsland, Patiserie Valerie,( very continental) many small, and larger, cafes/restaurants, such as East in Alexandra St, and Maya in College way, plus a load of other stores, some at the other end of the High St..

And l have only ever seen 1 pawn shop in Southend.
[quote][p][bold]cairoqueen[/bold] wrote: Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.[/p][/quote]Not true, look around you, BHS, M and S, WH Smith, Deichmann, H and V, Primark, TK Max, , River lsland, Patiserie Valerie,( very continental) many small, and larger, cafes/restaurants, such as East in Alexandra St, and Maya in College way, plus a load of other stores, some at the other end of the High St.. And l have only ever seen 1 pawn shop in Southend. Almeda11
  • Score: -6

9:22pm Mon 19 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Almeda11 wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.
THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater.

Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true.

A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.
Plenty of dirty grey track suits in Westcliff!
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.[/p][/quote]THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.[/p][/quote]Plenty of dirty grey track suits in Westcliff! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 5

10:16pm Mon 19 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Almeda11 wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.
THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.
Plenty of dirty grey track suits in Westcliff!
Plent of dirty grey tracksuits everywhere, stupid comment not related to THIS article. What`s your point? Explain, if you can !
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.[/p][/quote]THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.[/p][/quote]Plenty of dirty grey track suits in Westcliff![/p][/quote]Plent of dirty grey tracksuits everywhere, stupid comment not related to THIS article. What`s your point? Explain, if you can ! Almeda11
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Mon 19 May 14

Almeda11 says...

notunique wrote:
'Fury Flowers'...sounds like a pleasant florist.
So why would you think twice about ordering then, think you are disagreeing with yourself here.
[quote][p][bold]notunique[/bold] wrote: 'Fury Flowers'...sounds like a pleasant florist.[/p][/quote]So why would you think twice about ordering then, think you are disagreeing with yourself here. Almeda11
  • Score: -2

10:53pm Mon 19 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Oh!! Lol!!
Oh!! Lol!! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

7:09am Tue 20 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

Almeda11 wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.
THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater.

Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true.

A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.
What is wrong with wanting proper shops instead of the tat and crap on the high street?

Southend has nothing but betting shops, coffee shops, tat shops.

Your friend in London must seem easily pleased. Please, London shopping or Southend?

LOL
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.[/p][/quote]THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.[/p][/quote]What is wrong with wanting proper shops instead of the tat and crap on the high street? Southend has nothing but betting shops, coffee shops, tat shops. Your friend in London must seem easily pleased. Please, London shopping or Southend? LOL Happy Chickie
  • Score: 8

7:44am Tue 20 May 14

CaptainBlackadder says...

shoess3 wrote:
Southend is seriously bad for shopping. How the likes of Basildon can have a Superdry but nothing like it in Southend is beyond belief. We need big names, John Lewis, Hollister, Karen Millen and decent restaurants. Miller and Carter, Zizzis, Cafe Rouge. Instead we get William Hill, Poundland and the Money Shop. There are so many well-earning individuals around so I can't imagine they will be empty. The problem is most likely snobbery, and a lack of bravery from the retailers. Patisserie Valerie made a brave move and they're packed all day, everyday.
'Basildon has a Superdry' eh? Not something to be proud of really,for a short time was the trendy place to buy clothes,now every chav in Essex has the logo over them - same thing happening to Hollister as well.
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: Southend is seriously bad for shopping. How the likes of Basildon can have a Superdry but nothing like it in Southend is beyond belief. We need big names, John Lewis, Hollister, Karen Millen and decent restaurants. Miller and Carter, Zizzis, Cafe Rouge. Instead we get William Hill, Poundland and the Money Shop. There are so many well-earning individuals around so I can't imagine they will be empty. The problem is most likely snobbery, and a lack of bravery from the retailers. Patisserie Valerie made a brave move and they're packed all day, everyday.[/p][/quote]'Basildon has a Superdry' eh? Not something to be proud of really,for a short time was the trendy place to buy clothes,now every chav in Essex has the logo over them - same thing happening to Hollister as well. CaptainBlackadder
  • Score: 2

8:52am Tue 20 May 14

Public Inconvenience says...

The Echo understands HMV would move to another unit in the shopping centre rather than close.

I would have thought HMV were better off staying put outside the shopping centre on full view rather than being "hidden away" inside.
The Echo understands HMV would move to another unit in the shopping centre rather than close. I would have thought HMV were better off staying put outside the shopping centre on full view rather than being "hidden away" inside. Public Inconvenience
  • Score: 11

9:50am Tue 20 May 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

eurodoomed wrote:
At least the old Talza and Victiria Arcades had some interesting shops such as Bobins the booksellers, and the Hobby Store, as I think it was called, selling Hornby and Scalextric. The top end of the town is now virtually a no-go area for shopping.
It also had the sadly missed Cork and Cheese. No character there now.
[quote][p][bold]eurodoomed[/bold] wrote: At least the old Talza and Victiria Arcades had some interesting shops such as Bobins the booksellers, and the Hobby Store, as I think it was called, selling Hornby and Scalextric. The top end of the town is now virtually a no-go area for shopping.[/p][/quote]It also had the sadly missed Cork and Cheese. No character there now. Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 12

11:17am Tue 20 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Almeda11 wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.
THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.
What is wrong with wanting proper shops instead of the tat and crap on the high street? Southend has nothing but betting shops, coffee shops, tat shops. Your friend in London must seem easily pleased. Please, London shopping or Southend? LOL
You must be walking around with your eyes closed then --- just look around you, Southend has LOTS of good shops, for instance;

BHS, M and S, WH Smith, Deichmann, H and V, Primark, TK Max, , River lsland, Patiserie Valerie,( very continental) many small, and larger, cafes/restaurants, such as East in Alexandra St, and Maya in College way, plus a load of other stores, some at the other end of the High St..

My friend from London has to travel to places like Oxford St for decent shopping as all the local shops around her are small, we are lucky to have them on our doorstep.

And l have only ever seen 1 pawn shop in Southend.




cairoqueen wrote: Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.
Not true, look around you, BHS, M and S, WH Smith, Deichmann, H and V, Primark, TK Max, , River lsland, Patiserie Valerie,( very continental) many small, and larger, cafes/restaurants, such as East in Alexandra St, and Maya in College way, plus a load of other stores, some at the other end of the High St.. And l have only ever seen 1 pawn shop in Southend. Almeda11
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Poundland Boutique e-cigarette “supermarket” Fast Cash Company These are not proper shops. Junk shops and pawn shops. Another reason to stay off the High street.[/p][/quote]THEY might not be " proper" shops but people in Southend are spoilt for choice in the High St !! l live in Westcliff, close to the Palace Theatre, and the comparison between the two could not be greater. Westcliff is full of small shops, cafes, 4 small supermarkets and charity shops, whereas Southend has all the big shops, a variety of smaller clothes shops, a new patisserie, discount stores, Primark, M and S, bhs ect, ect, so l really don`t know what you are talking about, it`s just not true. A friend of mine who lives in London was amazed when she visited here, there you only have a few areas where big stores abound, ie Oxford St, to name just one, the majority of places are full of smaller shops, with nothing of the variety of Southend, which is the reason why it is so popular with people living around, in areas like Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoebury, Benfleet, ect, ect., need l go on.[/p][/quote]What is wrong with wanting proper shops instead of the tat and crap on the high street? Southend has nothing but betting shops, coffee shops, tat shops. Your friend in London must seem easily pleased. Please, London shopping or Southend? LOL[/p][/quote]You must be walking around with your eyes closed then --- just look around you, Southend has LOTS of good shops, for instance; BHS, M and S, WH Smith, Deichmann, H and V, Primark, TK Max, , River lsland, Patiserie Valerie,( very continental) many small, and larger, cafes/restaurants, such as East in Alexandra St, and Maya in College way, plus a load of other stores, some at the other end of the High St.. My friend from London has to travel to places like Oxford St for decent shopping as all the local shops around her are small, we are lucky to have them on our doorstep. And l have only ever seen 1 pawn shop in Southend. [quote][p][bold]cairoqueen[/bold] wrote: Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.[/p][/quote]Not true, look around you, BHS, M and S, WH Smith, Deichmann, H and V, Primark, TK Max, , River lsland, Patiserie Valerie,( very continental) many small, and larger, cafes/restaurants, such as East in Alexandra St, and Maya in College way, plus a load of other stores, some at the other end of the High St.. And l have only ever seen 1 pawn shop in Southend. Almeda11 Almeda11
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 20 May 14

DannyK86 says...

cairoqueen wrote:
Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.
Blockbuster??? It's 2014, not 1994!
[quote][p][bold]cairoqueen[/bold] wrote: Oh no not more chav shops ,we need a blockbusters, and another department store,all the town has is betting shops pound shops phone shops and moneylenders.[/p][/quote]Blockbuster??? It's 2014, not 1994! DannyK86
  • Score: 8

2:38pm Tue 20 May 14

SLord90 says...

what aload of sh1t!!!!!!!
what aload of sh1t!!!!!!! SLord90
  • Score: 3

5:34pm Tue 20 May 14

tophat27dt says...

it sounds awful.......i will avoid and stick to the Champs Elysees in Paris.
it sounds awful.......i will avoid and stick to the Champs Elysees in Paris. tophat27dt
  • Score: 3

9:19pm Wed 21 May 14

Leigh buoy says...

What a bunch of moaners!
If you don't like a shop, walk past.
If you want a specific brand, go there.
If you can't find it, google it .
If you think you can do better,rent one of the 10% remaining empty units
And have a try.
Respect to those who are brave enough to open a business in these tough times, whatever they are selling.
What a bunch of moaners! If you don't like a shop, walk past. If you want a specific brand, go there. If you can't find it, google it . If you think you can do better,rent one of the 10% remaining empty units And have a try. Respect to those who are brave enough to open a business in these tough times, whatever they are selling. Leigh buoy
  • Score: 4

9:43am Thu 22 May 14

arram says...

it's nice to see that the money spent on the Victoria Plaza was not wasted....this area will be the cenre of Southend shoping in the future.....it's modern design is far superior to that of the Royals....and of course being so close to the station will bring new shoppers.....
it's nice to see that the money spent on the Victoria Plaza was not wasted....this area will be the cenre of Southend shoping in the future.....it's modern design is far superior to that of the Royals....and of course being so close to the station will bring new shoppers..... arram
  • Score: 0

8:15pm Thu 22 May 14

Almeda11 says...

Leigh buoy wrote:
What a bunch of moaners! If you don't like a shop, walk past. If you want a specific brand, go there. If you can't find it, google it . If you think you can do better,rent one of the 10% remaining empty units And have a try. Respect to those who are brave enough to open a business in these tough times, whatever they are selling.
My sentiments exactly!.
[quote][p][bold]Leigh buoy[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of moaners! If you don't like a shop, walk past. If you want a specific brand, go there. If you can't find it, google it . If you think you can do better,rent one of the 10% remaining empty units And have a try. Respect to those who are brave enough to open a business in these tough times, whatever they are selling.[/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly!. Almeda11
  • Score: 0

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