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Romford Town Centre

Havering's principal town centre is Romford. Situated on a historical cross-roads with a famous market which has been operating since 1247 when King Henry III granted the town a Market Charter for livestock.

The general goods and produce market still operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, offering 300 stalls on over 600 pitches.

Romford Town Centre now has over 2 million square feet of retail floor space (Existing and approved development, March 2000). The centre has two shopping centres, The Liberty and Liberty 2, which together provide 135 retail units.

Romford Town Centre

Visitors to the town centre will notice a great deal of construction and building works are re-shaping the layout and appearance of the town centre. The town continues to attract a significant level of private sector investment and remains a primary destination for shopping, leisure and service activities.

The town is also the subject of a comprehensive Marketing campaign devised and initiated by Havering Council, together with Hammerson PLC (owners of the Liberty Shopping Centre) and Capital & Regional PLC (owners of Liberty II Shopping Centre).

The campaign promotes Romford as a comprehensive town centre, drawing on its wide variety of attractions and services.

Retail Provision

Romford Town Centre has over 2 million square feet of retail floor space. The centre has two shopping centres, the Liberty and Liberty 2, which together provide 135 retail units.

In 1999 the Council approved a mixed use development on the 20 acre former Romford Brewery site, which opened in Easter 2001. This site will increase the residential, leisure and retail provision within the town centre

In addition to the extensive refurbishment of The Liberty Shopping Centre currently in progress, there are two large development sites also earmarked for mixed use schemes in the town centre (known as the Dolphin and North-Side).

According to the 1999 GOAD Centre Report, Romford has a retail vacancy rate of 10.37%, which is lower than the national average of 11.87%.

Romford ranks 48th nationally as a quality retail location, taking into account the variety of retailers, size, number of retail units and retail vacancy. (Experian National Retail Ranking Survey 1999).

Romford Town Centre Management (TCM) Initiative

The scheme has operated since 1994 and continues to work with representatives from the private sector and other public sector agencies to improve the Town Centre Experience for Romford's visitors, employees and residents.

The TCM Initiative, which is sponsored by Havering Council, J Sainsbury, Boots the Chemist, Capital and Regional PLC, Hammerson PLC and Marks and Spencer PLC, has been instrumental in the development of a wide range of projects.

Sponsorship opportunities and corporate representation on the Town Centre Management Board are available upon request.