Waitrose Southchurch opened on 21st November 1967, recording a very good trade on its first day. The branch was situated about a mile east of Southend High Street, in a row of older small shops on the main road to Shoeburyness.
The branch closed on 24th April 1982, the reason being that it didn’t have the space to expand its assortment to meet new competition in its area.Customers expressed regret at the closure with some signing a petition asking that the shop remain open.
Due to the fact that Southchurch had no near neighbour, only four of the 49 Partners were able to transfer to Temple Fortune or Newmarket. Partners said farewell to friends and colleagues with a get-together a short time after closure.