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To Celebrate 40 Years Of Hempstead Valley We're Giving You The Chance To Win!

What do you remember about Hempstead Valley over the years? The fish pond? The water feature by the slope opposite Sava Centre? Buying your CD singles from Our Price? Maybe you remember all of that.

To celebrate 40 years of Hempstead Valley, Andy Walker is giving you the chance to win up to £120 of shopping vouchers to spend at your favourite store at the centre.

Listen to him on kmfm from 11am (15th-19th October) and if you can correctly guess which celebrities are still in their 40s you will be a kmfm winner!

We're also giving you the chance to win online with £100 shopping vouchers to spend at your favourite store at Hempstead Valley. Just watch Andy's trip down memory lane video below, and answer the questions correctly at the bottom of this page to win. GOOD LUCK!

Andy Walker took us for a trip down memory lane to celebrate 40 years of Hempstead Valley 



After many years of planning Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre opened on 17th October 1978. This month the shopping centre turns 40 and will be marking this milestone birthday by celebrating the past, present and future achievements of the centre.

When Hempstead Valley opened in October 1978, it was the first out of town shopping centre in the south east and was modelled on successful complexes in North America and Europe.

Hempstead Valley was home to SavaCentre, (a large hypermarket, now Sainsbury’s) and its innovative approach to retailing won it many commercial awards, including the 1980 European Award from the International Council for Shopping Centres. This unique shopping experience, attracted huge numbers of customers not only from Medway and Kent, but further afield from London and the continent. Day trippers from France travelled on the Olau line for lunch and shopping at SavaCentre, combined with a tour to Canterbury.


Hempstead Valley Saturday 20th October

Meet Phil Gallagher the star of CBeebies' Mister Maker on Saturday 20th October from 10am-11am. 

He wants you to show him your favourite books! The first 20 children to visit him on Saturday, October 20th will receive their very own Mister Maker book bag!

Phil will be available at the KM Charity Team’s stand to meet fans, pose for photographs, and sign autographs from 10am for an hour.

From 12pm the centre is hosting retro gameshow fun and competitions from 12pm, with Andy Walker.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Medway will be cutting a giant birthday cake at 2pm.

Hempstead Valley's chosen charity is One Great Day, with donations being equally divided between Great Ormond Street Hospital and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Hempstead Valley - The Future

Many people still affectionately refer to Hempstead Valley as the SavaCentre, but the large hypermarket was re-branded to Sainsbury’s in 2004. The centre has undergone a series of redevelopments including the M&S mall which was completed in 1992.

More recently in 2015 The Venue development was built and is home to the restaurant quarter – Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Bella Italia and Friendly Phil’s. Subway, Costa Coffee and Kent Reliance completes the line up at The Venue. A new TK Maxx and New Look opened in 2016 and JD Sports moved to new, larger purpose built unit last month.

 In April 2018, planning permission was granted by Medway Council for 80,000 sqft extension, to include five large new units and decked car park.


Celebrating 40 years of Hempstead Valley


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