Morrisons; the old and the new

Photo:Safeways became Morrisons

Safeways became Morrisons

Bill Clements

Photo:Morrisons opening day west view

Morrisons opening day west view

Bill Clements

Photo:Morrisons opening day view from East

Morrisons opening day view from East

Bill Clements

A Hadleigh development captured

By Bill Clements

This is one person's view of the Morrison's opening day.

Initially it was Safeways, later Morrisons, and now we are looking at the opening day of 25th January 2012 when customers are guided to the new store opposite the Library, through a wooden 'tunnel' from the old car-park.

This is regeneration, Hadleigh-style;  in front of your very eyes you can see the village gradually being re-shaped into a different environment, more of a town.
We've always used the store, and also the other shops, but it is a pity that the old wide range of smaller shops no longer exists in the same way.

As a long-standing member of Hadleigh Gardening Association, I recall our use of the little gardening store which we ran near the Crown.  
Of course it's great to have such a wide variety of produce in stores, but many of the HGA members enjoy growing their own vegetables, and longer-term, this may be more sustainable than importing from overseas.

This page was added by Nick Turner on 23/02/2012.
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Does anyone remember the first supermarket that came to Hadleigh? I remember one being where Lidl now is, and one being at the top of Daws Heath Road opposite Scurries wet fish shop.

By Margaret Wakley (West)
On 06/06/2016

Was it Wallis's that was located where the bed shop is by the Hadleigh Church bus stop? I cannot recall a supermarket where Lidl's is but think there was a garage or something like that there. As a child, I can remember a pet shop along that side of the road; they had a mynah bird called Jack; he used to say "hallo" and fascinated me, I often wonder what happened to him!

By ellen hume
On 08/06/2016

Hi,I am sure there was a garage on the Lidl site,CP Smith, a Renault garage. After that came Sogat house and now Lidl. Can anybody remember Dalwood house in Daws Heath Road?

By Andy Barton
On 16/06/2016