We have four main shopping areas - Epsom town centre, Ewell Village, Stoneleigh Broadway and Kingston Road shopping parades.
Epsom Town Centre
The historic market town of Epsom has all the regular high street stores you need and a wonderful choice of independent shops too. Regular markets and events and a choice of restaurants, cafes and bars make the town centre a great place to shop and a fun-filled place to spend the day.
Anchored by the House of Fraser, the Ashley Centre provides a range of retailers including Marks & Spencer, H&M, Next, Pandora, Boots, Body Shop, Thorntons, Monsoon, WHSmith, New Look and Waitrose. The market place hosts the Thursday and Saturday regular markets, and the much-loved Farmers’ Market on the first Sunday of each month.
The market place also hosts big events and festivals including the Christmas Light Switch On event, the Epsom Derby Festival events, Remembrance Sunday, and the Choral Festival.
The pavement cafés fronting the market place make it a social hub and great place to relax and enjoy the many street food kiosks. Rosebery Park to the south of the Ashley Centre provides picnicking opportunities and places to relax.
The Epsom Playhouse (Ashley Avenue) and the Odeon on Upper High Street lie in the heart of the main restaurant areas in South Street and Upper High Street. Bars and more restaurants are to be found in Derby Square, just off the High Street.
Waterloo Road is a great source of ethnic and international food shops while the High Street itself provides many high street staples such as Robert Dyas, Fat Face, Café Rouge, TK Maxx, Wilko as well as very well respected local independent traders including Lester Bowden and Pullingers art suppliers.
Epsom’s town centre is tucked into a largely residential area so while there are retailers who’d like to have a shop in town there simply aren’t many places for them to go. This could change in the longer term if under-used sites are developed – such as the Depot Road area and the gas works site.
Improvements to Derby Square are set to start towards the end of 2016 and new businesses including Green Life, Café Senzo and Prezzo, are opening cafes or restaurants in the town centre which will further boost the food offer.
Improvement works to the roads and junctions are expected to start early in 2017, which will improve the appearance of the town centre, ensure a better flow of traffic and allow pedestrians to move about more freely.
Businesses in Epsom are looking seriously at whether they’d like to set up a Business Improvement District to strengthen the competitiveness of the town centre. These business-led, business-funded bodies aim to improve the business conditions in a town centre, boost footfall, make the area more attractive to shoppers, customers, clients and staff.
Ewell village is on the up. Successful businesses have expanded including café and sweet shop, All Things Nice. The Star, a landmark pub that has been empty for years, is now on the market and Wildes Lounge has now re-opened.
The village centre is beside Bourne Hall with its pond and park, library and museum. These combined with the many restaurants in the village including Spanish, Italian, Indian and Turkish to give a vibrant feel to the area. Services are also supplied through a travel shop, barbers, hairdressers, nail bars, dry cleaners, tanning shop and ironing shop. There are beauty shops, gift shops, a party shop, a cake decorating shop, flower shop, electrical shops, clothes store, pet shop, a Co Op, dance wear shop, and a jeans shop.
Tucked away from the many parades of shops lining the A240, Stoneleigh Broadway is something of a tranquil haven of thriving independent shops. The shopping area is divided by the train station (Stoneleigh) with most shops on the south side of the railway line. A Co-Op and a Budgens complement the range of independent shops from butchers, antique shop, head shop, clothes and jewellery, chemists, electrical shops, a library, post office, pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Although Stoneleigh has a strong cluster of shops and businesses at the Broadway and Station Approach there are also a good range of businesses along the Kingston Road, with plenty of free short-term parking.
Most local needs will be catered for on the shopping parades along the A240 Kingston Road with its post office, Aldi store, range of cafes, restaurants and takeaways and other useful retailers and services. A particular strength is also home improvement and supplies – with electrical shops, lighting, furniture and pre-loved furniture, flooring, window shops, conservatory blinds and awnings, carpet cleaners, plumbing and heating supplies.