This is where a great many residents of Greenford get their groceries, the Hoover Factory branch of Tesco. This extraordinary Art Deco building was designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, and the complex was completed in 1938. Vacuum cleaners were produced here until the 1980’s at which point its future became uncertain. It was eventually given a Grade II* listing, and in 1992 it was taken over by Tesco and restored. The entrance and car park are at the rear, accessed from Bideford Avenue. When the store was first opened the lights that show off the facade at night were so powerful that the dramatic green glow could be seen for miles but they’ve turned them down since then. During WW2 the factory was used to make electrical equipment for the military and the huge white building had to be camouflaged. There’s even a song about it, “Hoover Factory” by Elvis Costello. It makes shopping anywhere else seem dull.
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