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Burton Latimer Shops - Section C
The Churchill Way shops, and businesses around 'The Poplars'

The Churchill Way shops in the early 1970s The Churchill Way shops later in the 1970s
The Churchill Way shops in the early 1970s; one is
still empty. The Churchill Way filling station and car
showroom can be seen on the left of the picture.
The Churchill Way shops later in the 1970s with the
public gardens in the foreground. All the shops are now
occupied. Above the shop units are two-storey flats.

This section covers the supermarket and six single units. They were built about 1970 when Denton ’s farmhouse was demolished to make way for them; this was about six years after the start of building the houses in Churchill Way .

2/6 Churchill Way (Shop 41)  

DJ Tony Blackburn opening the Spar Supermarket in 1970.

The first Spar 'Superliner' supermarket was opened in Churchill Way in December 1970 by DJ Tony Blackburn. It was a franchised business owned by Thomas Linnell Ltd. and managed by Gerry Bracey, who can be seen in the centre of this picture shaking hands with the DJ.

For a detailed description of the background to the opening and the early days of the store click here.

For David Lighfoot's recollections of working at the Spar Foodliner click here

In the 1980s it became part of the Gateway chain of supermarkets, but by the 1990s ithat in turn became part of the Somerfield group. The wheel came full circle, when in about 2005, it once again became a Spar franchise. In December 2009, however, it changed once again, and now trades as Select and Save.

8 Churchill Way (Shop 42)

This shop began as a greengrocer, the first owner of the business is not known. In the 1980s it was trading as Carmichael Greengrocers. By about the middle of the 1980s it was changed to a fish and chip shop and has had several owners. From about the beginning of 2006 the business was taken over by Guv and Harjeet Sahota trading as The Flying Fish, and they are the current owners in 2007.

10 Churchill Way (Shop 43)

The first operators of this shop from 1970 were Mick and Jean Harrison as a newsagent and stationery business. In 1975, on the retirement of Mrs. Dacre, who was then Postmistress, the Post Office was moved from the Barclays Bank building to this shop, and operated by the Harrisons.

In the mid 1980s the business was taken over by Anil Pandit until about 2006 when it was taken over by Jay Savani, still trading as newsagent stationer and Post Office.

12 Churchill Way (Shop 44)

This shop began as a furniture and carpet shop. The first owner was Ray Hudson trading as Glenray Furnishers. In 1973 Barry Gardner bought the business and John Shortt worked with him, Barry left the business in about 1977 and from then the business was taken over by John. From about 2000 Glenray vacated this shop and the joining wall closed and just traded from number 14.This shop was then taken over by Simpson and Partners estate agents.

14 Churchill Way (Shop 45)

This shop was not occupied when the block was built and remained unfitted for over a year. In 1972 it was bought by Ray Hudson and an opening made to number 12. Both shops became Glenray Furnishers. And remained thus until the opening to number 12 was closed in 2000 and they reverted to separate shops.  Glenray Furnishers continued from just this shop owned by John Shortt and remained so until 2009, when the business closed and the shop was taken by Age Concern, who opened there on November 11th 2009.

16 Churchill Way (Shop 46)

The first operator of this shop from the early 1970s was a ladies’ hairdressers trading with the name Salon Liselle; it is believed to have had more than one owner but their names are currently unknown. In August 1989 the shop was taken over by Michelle and Stewart Love who converted it, trading as Crumbs, a coffee and sandwich shop selling bread and cakes incorporating a café. They sold the business in 1991 to John Freeman who ran it for two years until 1993. He then sold it to John Sarrington who was there until 2003. The next and current owner in 2007 is Ian Stewart. Still trading as Crumbs.

18 Churchill Way (Shop 47)

This shop began as a laundry, trading as Latimer Laundries, owned by Mr. Varga. Also in the 1970s it held an agency for Sketchley dry cleaners and in the 1980s a small coffee shop. In about 1990 the business was bought by Angie Corrigan, now trading as Burton Cleaners as a laundry, dry cleaners and carpet cleaning, and continues so in 2007.

'The Poplars' in 1963 when being used as the offices of Burton Latimer Urban District Council A plan showing businesses in and around 'The Poplars'Click here to read more about the businesses which have operated from this locationClick here to read more about the businesses which have operated from this locationClick here to read more about the businesses which have operated from this locationClick here to read more about the businesses which have operated from this locationClick here to read more about the businesses which have operated from this locationClick here to read more about the businesses which have operated from this location
'The Poplars' in 1963 when being used as offices by
Burton Latimer Urban District Council.
A plan showing the businesses situated
at 'The Poplars' referred to below.

'The Poplars' area (Shop 50)

‘The Poplars’ was the residence of Frederick Walter Preston an important figure in the town from the 1870s until his death in 1913. His second wife Anna Maria continued to live there until her death in 1942, when building became the offices of the Burton Latimer Urban District Council and also housed a branch of the county library. When local government was reorganized in 1974, the building became the property of Kettering Borough Council and since then this, and the surrounding buildings, have been used by various retail businesses. The building continues to house the Burton Latimer Town Council chamber, and, since 2000, it has also contained the museum of the Heritage Society. The borough council also maintained a part-time district office, but this moved out in 2007.

The room on the ground floor to the left of the entrance lobby (90 High Street) is used as a health and beauty centre and has had several owners. Its first owner was Rachel Attfield, trading as ‘Rachel’s’, followed by Rebecca Helnsley in the 1990s. Later named 'Dani' owned by Dani Hegarty it is now (2014) named the Poplar House Beauty Salon.

Parts of the building to the rear are also retail businesses; 90A High Street, which is on the 1st floor is a ladies hairdressers which first opened in the 1980s by Gill Rogers trading as Adrianas. It is now trading as Stylistics and owned by Paula Thompson since about 2001. It was extensively refurbished in 2012 and has been trading since then as The Style Lounge, a hair salon owned by Emma and Louise Loasby.

A room beneath 90A was used by Carmichael Greengrocers from the mid 1980s but is now the home of The Reworks, a home furniture shop. The single storey building next to this, 90B, has been used as a store by Sovereign Decorations since the 1990s.

A small building attached to the left side, 90C High Street, was first used by Tony Manning from 1982 doing shoe repairs and key cutting; when he retired in 2000 he sold the business to Pete Beeby who continued the same type of business until his death. A gentlemen’s hairdresser had the premises for a short time in 2006. The next occupier in 2007 was Hayley Fletcher who was a beautician and traded as Gorgeous. This business closed in 2009, and the building stood empty until it reopened in April 2011 as The Sugar Barn, selling old-fashioned sweets and candy.

The coach house (90G High Street), built in 1898 for the carriages and stabling for the Prestons, is on the east side on the High Street. The upper part has been used for various purposes since the 1940s including, the Scouts (mainly for storage), the Air Training Corps and a car spares sales business. The rear ground floor was used as a garage for the St. John Ambulance motor ambulance and the WRVS Meals on Wheels vehicles. The part at the front on the High Street was used as public conveniences until the 1990s when it was converted for retail use. Cliff Smart converted the ground floor for his own business Irish Holidays which was on the yard side. On the High Street was Gartrad Opticians until about 2000. It then became Latimer Opticians which was run by Mrs. H E Bailey from about 2000 until moving to 101 High Street in 2006. In the 1990s an extension was built and this and the first floor became The Coach House Restaurant. In 2006 the ground floor was converted into 'The Bar' and the restaurant became the Shaad Indian Restaurant. The Bar is now closed and has been replaced by Quinton Flooring.

Bordering the south side of what was the front garden of The Poplars was the Electric Palace cinema. Built c1914, it was bought by Alfred Watts in 1924 and owned by his family until it closed in the early 1960s. Two attempts were made to re-open it, firstly by Tommy Dodds in the 1960s who also had a small café under the stage, and another in the 1980s. Both were ultimately unsuccessful and after each the building fell into disrepair. However the building was then converted into an Italian Restaurant currently trading in 2014 as Nonno Pino. Adjoining the restaurant at 96c is the Gym 11 fitness centre.

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