The Howard Centre – The Facts
The Centre was named after Sir Ebenezer Howard and first opened its doors in October 1990.
The Centre ranks 113th nationally out of 4,500 trading locations and it provides 240,000 sq. ft. of quality retail space with 58 units all under one roof. The Centre has around 8 million visitors per annum. There is direct access to the railway station and the bus station is immediately outside our northwest entrance.
The Centre has a strong fashion offer and the presence of John Lewis and Debenhams in the town adds to Welwyn Garden’s appeal as a shopping destination.
Welwyn Garden City – Some History & Facts
- Welwyn Garden City was founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s following his previous experiment in Letchworth Garden City and was designed by Louis de Soissons.
- The town centre exhibits Howard’s values of beauty, harmony, tranquility. It is dominated by the scenic Parkway which is almost a mile long. Parkway vista to the south viewed from the White Bridge has been described as one of the world’s finest vistas.
- The town has a 250,000 sq. ft John Lewis department store, which attracts visitors from a wide catchment.
- Welwyn Garden City is well known as the town where breakfast cereals Shredded Wheat and Shreddies were made at the former Nabisco factory.
- Tesco now has a substantial head office presence at Shire Park in the north of the town, and a full-size supermarket mock-up used for staff training. The company owns the former Shredded Wheat factory site and is consulting with the community and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on a comprehensive plan for the regeneration of this prime location within the Garden City.
- Welwyn Garden City retains a strong commercial base bringing much employment to the area, with not only Tesco, but other companies including: Argos, Baxter, British Lead Mills, Danish Bacon, Roche, IBM, Xerox and many more.