Woodham Ferrer's main shopping centre is located smack bang in the
purpose built centre of town with reasonable parking provision
and pedestrianised walkways. There is also a parade of shops at
the station end of Clements Green Road, and various other individual
shops scattered about the town.
The main shopping
centre is dominated by a large Asda supermarket, which provides
almost all daily essentials at competitive prices. It can occasionally
be difficult to find a car parking space unless you shop in the
late evening. The store is now has 24 hour opening excluding Sundays,
when it closes at 4 p.m. The staff are generally helpful and friendly
- greeting customers is very obviously part of their training programme.
The store also offers a 24 hour petrol filling station with payment
by card only.
A diverse variety of specialist
shops, restaurants, banks and offices can be found in the pedestrianised streets beyond
Asda. Some of these are real gems that provide goods and services to equal or surpass the
day is held on Thursdays and Saturdays. A large banner is usually
displayed on the road in to Asda, directing people to the market
place in front of the Oaklands Hotel. The number of stalls has dwindled
over the years due to a lack of support with only a remnant now
appearing 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 11 am is thriving.
close at mid-day on Wednesdays and the occasional one still closes
for lunch between 1 and 2 p.m.
There are still two working post offices in South Woodham Ferrers.
The town is also within easy
driving reach of a number of other shopping centres, each offering a huge selection of
20 minutes by car
(over the Dartford Crossing) 50 minutes
the shops looking onto Queen Elizabeth II Square: (from left
shop, chemist, dry cleaners, Sweethearts Bar, Asda George
One of the
tragedies of South Woodham Ferrers is the diffulties faced by shopkeepers
in attempting to trade. There is a steady turnover of shops - very
few survive for very long because of high rents and the tendency
of the local population to jump in a car and go to one of the near
large shopping centres where they have a better selection of good
There is a good selection of charity shops in South Woodham, both in the town centre and also an excellent charity shop supporting Muscular Dystrophy in Warwick Parade (near the station). This shop has one room at the back of the shop dedicated to 2nd hand books - all 4 walls are lined with them. Opening hours can be a little unpredicatble depending on volunteers. It can usually be relied upon to open on a Saturday.