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Shopping in South Woodham Ferrers

South Woodham Ferrer's main shopping centre is located in the purpose-built town centre with parking provision and pedestrianised walkways.  The main Asda car park has a 3-hour limit. There is another good-sized car park behind Asda near Club Woodham and Inchbonnie Road.  The parking provision in town has not kept in line with housing development, hence there is a shortage.  A parade of shops in Warwick Parade, at the station end of Clements Green Road, includes a Spar, Munchies Cafe (opens at 7:00am), a former very good charity shop that raised money for Muscular Dystrophy (currently closed down following a driving accident but will reopen eventually to support another cause), a butcher’s, hardware shop and dry cleaners. Additional independent shops are scattered about the town.

One Stop in Hullbridge Road, CM3 5NG, is open long hours from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and includes a pharmacy, post-office counter, newsagents and general groceries.

Warwick Parade shops

The main shopping centre is dominated by a large Asda supermarket, which provides almost all daily essentials at competitive prices. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly - greeting customers appears to be part of their training programme. The store also offers a 24 hour petrol filling station with payment by card only.

Asda 24 hour filling station south woodham ferrers

A diverse variety of specialist shops, restaurants, banks and offices can be found in the pedestrianised streets leading from Queen Elizabeth II Square, beyond Asda. Some of these are real gems that provide goods and services to equal or surpass the competition elsewhere. 

Market day is held on Thursdays and Saturdays.  The number of stalls has dwindled over the years due to a lack of support and only a remnant now appear,  together with second-hand stalls. The strange thing is that although turnout is still low, the Lazy Bones car boot sale in Rettendon on Saturday and Sundays at 10:30am is thriving.

Post Offices

There are still two working post offices in South Woodham Ferrers, one in the town centre and the other inside One Stop in Hullbridge Road.

 

The town is within easy driving reach of a number of large shopping centres, each offering a wide selection of shops:

Basildon 20 minutes by car

Chelmsford 25 minutes

Southend 30 minutes

Lakeside 35 minutes

Bluewater (over the Dartford Crossing) 50 minutes