Chippenham enjoys a reputation as a flourishing and lively Market
Town, with a compact centre and thriving commercial life. The majority
of shops open 7 days a week. The main shopping areas are on and
adjacent to the High Street, Market Place and The Causeway and The
Bridge, New Road and Hathaway Retail Park.
The pedestrianised High Street and Market Place contain a number
of important nationals, including Wilkinsons, Boots The Chemist,
W.H. Smith, Birthdays, Superdrug, Burton Menswear, Millets, Starbucks
and Vodafone. La Senza is located on The Bridge.
The enclosed Emery Gate Shopping Centre and open air Borough Parade
Shopping Centre lie on either side of the High Street. Emery Gate’s
24 units include a Tesco’s Store, Bon Marche, Clarks, Curry’s
Digital, Dorothy Perkins, F Hinds Jewellers, Gilesports, Card Market,
Peacocks and Julian Graves Ltd. Parking is on two levels and can
be reached either from the Causeway and Market Place via Emery Lane,
or from the Town Bridge via the slip road alongside Wilkinsons.
The 26-unit Borough Parade, owned by Prudential Nominees Ltd, part
of Prudential Corporation Plc, includes Argos, The Body Shop, Books
& Puzzles, David Christopher Jewellers, Robert Dyas, Evans Pink
Planet, MacKays, New Look, Select, Specsavers, Thorntons @ Signature
and Waterstones. Its 250 space surface level car park is disabled
friendly and provides easy access to the mall shops and High Street.
To the south of the Market Place is The Causeway, the ancient gateway
into Chippenham from London, now lined by independent retailers,
restaurants and private residences. To the north of the Town Bridge,
which spans the River Avon, is the retail area of The Bridge and
the New Road - shop lined streets which lead to Brunel’s imposing
The Causeway, New Road, Station Hill, The Bridge and the Upper Market
Place offer a wealth of independent shops and businesses, such as
The Cellar Gallery, Beauty For Everyone, Magpie, Noteworthy Music,
Amelia Classics, David Brown Travel and Edward & Alan.
At the top of new road is Hathaway Retail Park, a bustling in-town
shopping centre which includes Heli-Beds, Laura Ashley, Homebase,
Halfords, LF Jollyes, Rosebys, Sally Hair & Beauty Supplies,
Tesco Express, and Blockbuster Video.
Larger superstores such as B&Q, Currys, Comet, Pets at Home,
Wickes, Sainsburys and Morrisons are located on the edge of town
as are fast food outlets McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut and the
Chippenham is also home to a large number of established Wiltshire
businesses, as well as a full complement of banks, building societies,
estate agents, travel agents, solicitors, accountants, doctors,
dentists, opticians, garages, hotels, restaurants and pubs as would
be expected in any thriving market town. Industrially, Chippenham
has benefited enormously from its strategic position between Swindon
and Bristol on Brunel’s Great Western Railway.
Bumpers Farm Estate is the town’s largest light industrial
area, with Home Automation, Woods Business Services Ltd, the Renter
Center, the Plumb Center and Antony Rowe specialist/vanity printers
occupying major sites.
Methuen Park is a relatively new and expanding development. It includes
Westlea Housing Association, Securicor, Fleet Support, Wincanton,
The Mill House and Focus DIY.
Other major Chippenham companies include Osma Wavin and Herman Miller.
Chippenham’s vibrant and colourful street markets
are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the Market Place. The market
offers a wealth of traditional and modern stalls, offering a variety
of items from locally grown produce, cheese, fresh meats, fish,
olives, bread and cakes, plants and flowers through to ladies and
mens fashions, underwear, cosmetics, shoes, Christian books, tapes
and CD’s, new age items, jewellery and clocks and watches.
There are also occasional touring Continental Markets held during
the year look out for local advertising giving the dates as they
If you would like to enquire about taking a pitch at the Chippenham
Market or require further information, please contact;
Hughmark Continental Market Operators, 47 Littleheath Road,
Tilehurst, Reading, Berks RG31 5TY
Tel: 0118 945 1799 Fax: 0118 945 2390