Another Brockley Central world exclusive: Review of Tesco on Lewisham Way!

Natural light allowed through the windows? Check
Ability to process more than one customer at a time? Check
Free cash machine? Check
Articulated lorry pulling up outside the front when we happened to be there? Check...

In terms of the price and range, it seemed similar to Cost Cutters on Brockley Road - probably slightly worse on both counts. The quality of the produce was higher - salad, fruit and bagels were all a lot fresher and appetising-looking.

Shouldn't cause any specialist independent retailers nightmares.

The lorry could of course be coincidence, but frequency of delivery is something that these stores are notorious for.

24 comments:

Richard Elliot said...

You may have the first review, but you don't have the first picture! ;-)

Going to be interesting to see what effect Tesco has on the parade of shops. I think a few will go out of business as a result, but hopefully we will get a better and stronger set of shops in the long term.

Hugh said...

The Tesco at the bottom end of Loampit Vale is a useful shop. They're generally well-stocked with fresh produce and are very handy for loading up on things like pittas and yoghurt. There's also a free cashpoint. Admittedly, one has to leave the conservation area to get there.

monkeyboy said...

Hugh, I'm surprised you don't get the United Nations to air drop you some quails eggs?

Hugh said...

No need, old fruit. My man in Kent brings those directly.

leenewham said...

The Tesco in Loampit Vale is handy for landing ones helicopter on the roof of the petrol station when one has run out of Sherry.

Kate said...

The Tesco in Loampit Vale is really shit, because it doesn't sell booze, yet I always forget this when going home from work via Lewisham. Which makes for a disappointing visit each time.

It would make my life a lot easier if they would just stock some cheap plonk, like every other Tesco outlet in the world.

Hugh said...

What on earth would one do with cheap plonk?

Vikki said...

The Loampit Vale Tescos DOES sell booze - huge fridge of cheap plonk and cooking lager that will keep Hugh in the conservation area for good...

It appeared as part of the re-fit done over the summer.

Kate said...

Ah clearly I haven't been in there recently then!

I paid a visit to the new Tesco earlier - highlight of my evening. Fantastic addition to the neighbourhood. [I can feel my younger anti-capitalist self trying to jump up through my lower intestine and strangle me ...]

Anonymous said...

No...I think that's your cheap plonk.

leenewham said...

Cheap plonk, Hugh old bean, is great for removing claret, port or rather fine bordeaux stains from ones wilton carpets. Or so my faithful servant tells me. I mean, no-one actually drinks that stuff do they?

Anonymous said...

The guy behind the counter needs to smile and make eye contact. He's a grunge... and I told him so.

Fed up too with that security guard shadowing me. Okay, so I like to nick the odd bottle of wine or two... Not.

Knit Nurse said...

Perhaps the frequency of deliveries and the freshness of the produce are connected...

Rich said...

I was just wondering why residents in Brockley appear to be against Tesco moving in. The area is in dire need of a Tesco. In terms of the price and range, Cost Cutters on Brockley Road - is expensive and the range often lacks any mark of inspiration. The quality of the produce is lower - salad, fruit and breads and are often not fresh nor are appetising-looking. Also the staff are just blatantly rude. The store itself is badly layed out and requires major modernisation.

A prime location would have been 329-331 Brockley Road (corner of Adelaide Avenue and Brockley Road) (formerly Homeview Video Shop). WHY on earth the area requires another bookies, who knows. And WHY on earth no one opposed the change of license?!

Lewisham on a whole lacks Tesco's presence. I don't see why i have to pay more for groceries because some people think their presence will destroy the area. I will still do my fruit and veg weekly shop at the market down in Lewisham as many other people will. Surely their presence will only enhance the area, and that cant be bad, can it!

Headhunter said...

Lewisham doesn't exactly lack Tesco's presence - there's a huge one behind Lewisham Station! I also do a lot of my shopping at the Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's on the Old Kent Road - a few minutes ride away on the bike.

Not that I am against a Tezzies joining the row of shops on Lewisham Way - it's hardly as if Lewisham Way was or ever will be a quaint little street of antiquarian booksellers and quirky bric a brac shops!

leenewham said...

People want supermarkets in thier doorstep, not everyone gets their groceries by bike or car. getting to lewisham and carting back bags of groceries is a pain in the...

andy pandy pudding & Pie said...

I agree, but lets have a sainsburys not a tesco :oP

Monkeyboy said...

Hey, we don't need no supermarket. With the two new posh independent foodie storees opening we'll be falling over ourselves to buy artisan bread at £4 a pop.....won't we?

By the way, the little corner shop oposite the timber merchent is not so bad for what it is - he's a friendly soul and let me off 10p once when I didn't have enough cash on me. Your Tesco wouldn't have allowed that.

While I'm on the subject, anyone tried 'Dukes' convienience store? only seems to be open when I stumble home having caught the last train after a few drinks in town after work. I popped in to buy some paracetamol, he posted it through a little slot in a pull down grill - nice touch. I think he serves some of the self medicating types that hang around the parts that gentrification has yet to reach.

Neil said...

For what it's worth, i'm all for anything that involves putting these pikey, itinerant gee-gaw-hawking choss-shops out of business and replacing them with somthing else. I mean, who on earth needs 6 'convenience' stores within 500m of each other? Each more expensive and more poorly stocked than the last?
I do think, however, that another soulless chain supermarket is the last thing the area needs. What we DO need is a good butcher, maybe a bakery (one which sells to the public and does not just make sandwiches for local businesses) or even, gasp, a decent grocers. Reading the protestations of my fellow Brockley-ites, it looks like we should be more than able to keep all of the above in business if we only put our money where our mouths are. If half of the people who have expressed delight at the opening of the new deli ACTUALLY shop there, instead of saving a few pence by shopping at bloody chain supermarkets, then it may stand a chance of success, and of further improving our area.

spincat said...

That's the thing - there were two delis in Brockley area (as I have bored on about before): one opposite Homeview and Primavera, an Italian Deli, down by the Brockley Jack. Both were good but rarely had anyone in them.
I am fairly cynical about people claim they do or would 'shop local' because, for most people I know who boast about this, in practice they go to Waitrose, however good their local shops are.

Anonymous said...

Neil/Spincat, I agree with this to a point but a delicatessen by nature isn't somewhere where you do your entire shop. A deli is a specialist and we don't always need specialist food.

It will be interesting to see how these new places perform. I'm excited about their arrival and will be using both, but depending on the stock and prices depends on how often, I won't need (or can afford) parma ham every day of the week. With the new east london line extension I'm sure that Brockley will attract many new people who will help places like these survive, but that's still two or three years away. Lets hope that the people of Brockley support these new ventures but if you're looking for somewhere where you want to do your weekly shop I think it's still costcuttters, sainsbury's or tescos.
Danielson

Rich said...

Headhunter, Yes i know Lewisham itself has a large Tesco, i was speaking about the borough itself. and no i dont have a bike, nor a car, i use public transport. I live smack bang in the centre of Brockley. I go to Lewisham and buy my fruit and veg every saturday "Leenewham" and cart it back on the bus

Tesco on Lewisham way here i come (will have to pass through your conversation area "Hugh", hopefully i wont devalue your beloved hill!)

will have to campaign vigorously to shut down cost cutter. possibly the way we will have a tesco in "brockley"

leenewham said...

I had no idea I had become a verb!

Brockley Jon said...

Now we've had a month or so to get used to a Tesco Local at the end of the road, here's a quick update on the other stores:

There is little change at the 'Chinese' supermarket right next to Tescos, although they are going all out with the Polish stuff, doing 6 randomly named Polish beers for £5. I am a sucker for a new beverage and I can report that they were on the whole rather average but certainly better than tramps' choice Stella.

Down the road at the yellow Premier supermarket, we perhaps see our first sign of counter-Tesco initiatives, in the form of a very well stocked refrigerated veg section, all at prices below Tesco. I am now a regular!

Only time will tell, but perhaps there is room for everyone on the Way!?

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