Category: Shopping

Lathcoats Farm Shop in Galleywood

Lathcoats Farm Shop (and Coffee House) is an excellent farm shop that sells a wide range of products including fruits and vegetables, plus locally produced meats, dairy and preserves. You can even buy beer there now! The coffee shop is nice, good food, nice drinks, cakes and a pleasant rural location on the edge of the…

Morrisons Buy 49 Blockbuster Stores To Expand Morrisons M

Morrisons have announced plans to purchase 49 Blockbuster stores and transform them into convenience stores, Morrisons M. Morrisons have already bought 7 stores from Jessops. Morrisons currently focus on the larger supermarkets, however this news means that they plan to encroach on the markets that Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s Local.

Republic Stores In Essex May Close Down

Republic in Southend

Fashion retailer Republic ( has gone into administration. Ernst & Young have been appointed as administrators and they have said that all 121 shops will continue to trade while they seek a buyer for the business. If a buyer cannot be found then the future for the UK stores is bleak. There are 6 Republic…

WHSmith In Grays Closing Down On 2nd March 2013

WHSmith In Grays

If you go to WHSmith in Grays you will see a sign on the door – it is closing down at 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd March. The next closes WHSmith will be in Thurrock. As well as losing WHSmith, Grays looks like it will lose its town centre Post Office which is inside WHSmith. While…

Hilco Buy HMV

Hilco, who already own HMV in Canada, have bought HMV and taken on its huge debt of £176m. Great news for employees as there is a hope that many stores will be saved. Hilco are a restructuring specialist, which simply means that they are good at taken companies that are broken and turning them around…

Antiques Centres and Fairs in Essex

Essex has many wonderful antique shops and centres, plus regular antique fayres throughout the year. One of the best antiques centres in Essex, located on the River Crouch, it is housed in a converted water mill.

New H&M Store In Southend

he old Woolworths Store on Southend High Street

H&M are planning to open a new store on Southend High Street. It will be in the old Woolworth’s store, which has been home to TJ Hughes for the last few years. Woolworths were in the store until December 2008 and TJ Hughes opened in 2012 but trading difficulties caused them to close down in August…

Sports Memorabilia Brings New Life To A Forgotten Alley Chelmsford

Update: Unfortunately this shop has closed down. While walking along Chelmsford High Street the other day I could not help noticing a sign sitting opposite the end of Shire Passage just between HSBC and Jessops. The sign was advertising signed sports memorabilia. Curious, I took a detour to investigate. Shire Alley has always been a…