If shopping is one of your favourite pastimes then Southend will not disappoint you. With two major undercover shopping centres, a bustling High Street, and a range of specialist stores there really is something for everyone in Southend, no matter what you need to buy.
The High Street
The High Street in Southend is a delight for shoppers with a combination of both traditional big name retailers on the High Street itself, and many smaller chain, and independent shops located in the roads just off the High Street. Whether it’s Debenhams, Topshop, M&S, The Body Shop, or Primark the High Street is the place to look. Stroll among the busy shoppers, and marvel at the choice on offer in such a compact area.
At either end of the High Street are the two undercover shopping Centres, the Victoria Shopping Centre at the top-end, and the Royals at the bottom-end.
The Victoria Shopping Centre
The Victoria Shopping Centre is the biggest shopping centre in Southend. It has in excess of 50 stores and cafes for shoppers to choose from. In addition to the stores there are all of the usual toilets, baby-changing, and other shopping centre facilities. For less physically able patrons the Victoria Shopping Centre also provides full disabled access throughout their centre. The main Centre entrances are all on street level and there are lifts are located throughout the Victoria centre connecting with all shopping levels, so getting about the centre shouldn’t present any difficulties. For disabled drivers there are designated parking bays reserved for them in the car park on level 3.
The Royals Shopping Centre
The Royals is a slightly slightly smaller shopping centre with around 30 shops to browse, it is also fully accessible for disabled customers with automatic doors on the Centre entrances and disabled toilets being conveniently located by the Pier Hill entrance on level one. If you can’t bear to leave your technology behind for a while the Royals Shopping Centre also offers a complementary WiFi service with up to 1 hour of web surfing free of charge for all visitors.
The Victoria Shopping Centre is located close to the train station and both shopping centres come with plenty of parking spaces close to the stores so you don’t have to worry about carrying your shopping for miles once you have made your purchases.
In addition to the food and retail outlets which you might find in any town in the country, Southend is also home to several speciality shops if you are in search of something a little more unusual. The Singer Sewing Centre on York Road caters for lovers of all things Singer. They sell sewing machines from Singer and Pfaff, as well as haberdashery. They can provide full servicing and a range of accessories for both brands of sewing machine. They pride themselves on being a friendly, independent, family owned and run business with more than 30 years of experience in Southend.
Book lovers have Waterstones in Southend, but if you prefer comics and graphic novels to books then you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to pay a visit to Ace Comics on York Road. ACE Comics was founded by Martin ‘Biff’ Averre, with a store in Colchester in 1982. The Southend store followed shortly afterwards as well as a branch in Glasgow, Scotland. By partnering with Diamond Comics Distribution they claim they can find almost any comic still in print. They love to talk about everything related to comics and and graphic novels, and will be delighted to help you find what you are looking for.
Dead Glam is a clothing store with a difference, unlike more conventional stores they are looking for a very particular type of customer. Based on Clifftown Road they promise to provide ‘alternative’ clothing for men, women, and children. Dead Glam caters primarily for those people with ‘gothic’ tendencies. If you are into Deathrock, Punk, or Heavy Metal and like to show it with what you wear then this is the shop for you. A visit here is an exploration of the darker side of fashion and one that shouldn’t be missed while you are in Southend.
Southend really does have something for everyone, whatever your shopping needs you will be able to find someone in Southend who can help you find what you need. Take a shopping trip to Southend today.