TQ7963 : Food Court, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre

taken 6 years ago, near to Bredhurst, Kent, Great Britain

Food Court, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
Food Court, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
This area is currently being used by shoppers visiting the shopping centre to eat meals from Burger King, Subway and KFC.

It was originally the 'Picnic Parlour',and was the UK's first food court and the shopping centre was modelled on successful complexes in North America. It was originally planned to be an open-air shopping centre but the concept was changed to a covered shopping complex.

The centre now has plans to re-develop this area and move the Food Court, outside to empty units. Then this will be converted into new retail units.
Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
This was one of the first out-of-town shopping centres in Kent in 1974. The centre includes the county's largest branch of Sainsbury's (formerly a Savacentre) and Medway's largest Marks & Spencer. The centre also once housed the world's largest branch of NSS. This newsagents later became a 'Forbuoys' (now part of the RS McColl group).
In the early 1990s an extension was built which is now home to M&S. The original Picnic Parlour at Hempstead Valley was the UK's first food court and the centre was modelled on successful complexes in North America.It was originally planned to be an open-air shopping centre but the concept was changed to a covered shopping complex. The centre opened on 17 October 1978.[1]

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TQ7963, 214 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 12 April, 2013
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Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7931 6331 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:20.4357N 0:34.3800E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7930 6331
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