Shopwatch

Here are a few scouting reports from BC readers that are fairly light on detail and therefore are best bundled together:

Mantle Road:

Catman reports that one of the units in the new build opposite the demolished Maypole is being fitted out with a counter being installed.

The Tea Factory:

Of all things, an estate agent has opened in the Tea Factory, Brockley Cross.

Dandelion Blue:

The 'we're on holiday, back soon' sign has disappeared from the front window of the Coulgate Street shop and the agents' sign above it suggests the lease has now been sold.

77 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

The Dry Cleaners at Brockley X has reopened, apparently with 'New Management'

And what about the TV Repair shop? there's a newly installed counter behind the grill. Can't have enough cheap takeaways* in my view.

(*takeaway's/takeaways'.... delete as applicable)

Tamsin said...

takesaway ?
(like procurators fiscal and courts martial....No, probably not!)

Richard Elliot said...

Any more details of the goings on at the deli for those of us currently in Brockley exile?

Joe L said...

Sad news on the subject of Shopwatching - Moore Grocers on Upper Brockley Road has closed down. The stock was cleared last week and the shutters have been down ever since. Mr Moore and his wife ran the last functioning shop on what would once have been a busy shopping street - they will be missed - but could probably do with the rest!

mg said...

Likewise the Thai minimart in Crofton Park is gone.

drakefell debaser said...

A new takeaway has opened on Endwell Rd opposite Martins Yard called Lithus which offers fried chicken and pizza. It has a fruit machine to occupy yourself while you wait and the chaps that fry are dressed in smart chef regalia – well hats and aprons.

I don’t know what the food is like though.

Anonymous said...

I think its days were numbered with Budgens just next door.

I believe the Thai minimart is connected to the Thai Thai restaurant.

Brockley Jon said...

Apparently the fenced off patch of land/dump behind the tea factory, between the barbers and the high level rail bridge on Brockley Rd, is being cleared. Assume for something to do with the railways?

The Cat Man said...

expect a fried chicken shop!

patrick1971 said...

I hadn't noticed that the Thai minimart had gone, but I'm not surprised. It was a huge shop and surely there couldn't have been that much demand for Thai stuff in SE4.

Brockley Nick said...

Patrick - Oh no, that's a real shame, we'd been meaning to run a piece about that place for ages. As for local demand, there is a Thai food shop in St Austell, Cornwall, which does pretty good business and there is barely a Thai restaurant within a 50 mile radius of that place.

Joe L - that is really sad news too.

patrick1971 said...

It was mg who mentioned that the Thai place had gone, not me (just wanted to give credit where it's due!). I guess what I meant was that such a large shop must have a big rent, and for it to be solely devoted to Thai products couldn't have made things easy, given that Thai food is relatively mainstream these days and thus the essentials are available in your bog-standard Sainsbury's.

MB said...

Ever been to Sun Woo (think it's called that?) near the Blackwall tunnel? bit of a pain to get too but everything you could possibly need.

Tressillian James said...

It's called See Woo..and you are right it has everything

Monkeyboy said...

The fish counter is better than going to the zoo! Great for scaring kids.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

See Woo also have a more traditional smaller shop in China Town as well as the superstore in Greenwich.

Agree with Monkeyboy on the live fish display. I always want to take them home and put them in a pond. Never have done though.

Monkeyboy said...

The giant spider crabs may surprise the local cats.

Anonymous said...

Fried chicken is proving to be one of the recession-proof success stories of 2009. Colonel Sanders was well ahead of his time.

Brockley Grover said...

The Thai shop seemed to close rather suddenly in November/early December, there was a council notice stuck on the window about the premises, then shortly afterwards the shop was full of Christmas trees.

Also at Crofton Park…

The empty shop on the corner of Brockley Road/Hazeldon Road (vacated by Kings Sturge estate agents who relocated to Blackheath at the tail end of last year), has reopened as a hairdressers. On the opposite side of Hazeldon Road, Barrio continues its somewhat sporadic opening hours.

patrick1971 said...

"Fried chicken is proving to be one of the recession-proof success stories of 2009."

I wonder if it's the provision of fried chicken services alone that is keeping these emporia afloat...

"On the opposite side of Hazeldon Road, Barrio continues its somewhat sporadic opening hours."

Indeed. And has anyone either (a) eaten/drunk there or (b) seen anyone else doing so?

fabhat said...

I've eaten there - albeit last year. Good toasted sandwiches, friendly staff and slightly slow service.

patrick1971 said...

Good to know someone's using it! I've never seen anyone in there.

The Cat Man said...

Apparently the new shop on Mantle Road is going to be a 'phone' shop.

I'm thinking 'get your phone fixed here' rather than 'vodaphone' or 'car-phone warehouse'.

Sad said...

RIP Moore's so sad the lst shop on the upper brockley road parade.

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JP said...

A good egg?

Shopping in Sainsbury's New Cross yesterday I noticed a woman acting furtively by the eggs.

Slyly, she was taking eggs from the organic farm boxes, and swapping them with Sainsbury's Basics, a box of twelve. And all under the (not so) watchful eye of a security guard who did absolutley nothing.

Another good reason to shop locally?

Monkeyboy said...

A Yummy Mummy down on her luck....

Monkeyboy said...

I've lost my watch, anyone seen it?

JP said...

MB, a woman treading on eggshells, surely.

The manager's response was quite interesting. 'Oh, we get that all the time. I though we'd stopped it.'

Hope you find that watch.

Miss Miaow said...

In support of Barrio ( formerly Cafe Blanca) It is true that they are very quiet at the moment. I think they have suffered from a lack of identity in the past. They have variously tried to promote themselves as a coffee shop and a bar. Then they closed for a while. Since they have reopened trade has been slow which is a great shame as their coffee is very good and reasonably priced. They also do nice sandwiches and cakes. The staff are exceptionally helpful and for those of us who go there reguarly it would be a great shame to see them close. If you are in the area please give them a try!

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Tamsin said...

Organic Ood? Now there's a thing for the Doctor to deal with...
(Sorry - couldn't resist!)

nobbly brick said...
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psyche9 said...

I agree - Barrio is a friendly place with well put together drinks and limited range of (good) food. I was sad when Cafe Blanca ceased though - the Moroccan food was wonderful and I loved the decor. The problem with it was that they had such random opening hours they didn't do well. The thing that worries me with Barrio is that they tried to get away from the old image and ditched some of the best things about the place. They'd hoped to get an extension to turn it into a nightclub/winebar - that didn't happen and it seems to be neither one thing or the other now. I really want them to stay and do well so I'll carry on going.

Anonymous said...

I agree Barrio does good coffee and food. The trouble is their unpredictable opening times - and as pointed out, their difficulty in deciding their identity.

Btw, one of the Acorn Estate agents on the corner of Brockley Road/Brockley Grove made way for a temporary(?) florist yesterday. The branch of Acorn in the former public loos is still open though.

tyrwhitt ali said...

*chuckles* Tamsin, I love the idea of the Doctor dealing with the Organic Ood. I actually I love the idea of the Doctor full stop!

Tamsin said...
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Anonymous said...

Mr and Mr Moore were fine Windrush West Indians. Who served the local community well and I for one will sadly miss them.

Zeus said...

Machiavelli on being asked why did the chicken cross Brockley road replied.

So that it's subjects will view with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained

Wynona said...
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Anonymous said...

Getting one on over the man is THEFT, be it from a poor person or a rich person it is still THEFT. If you are happy with living with the title of thief then so be it. Just don't bring your kids up like this. Bet you are a paid up member of the Brock Soc.

Wynona said...

Jeez. Get over yourself. It was a joke ferchrissakes. (Oh no, I'm blaspheming now, or is that going to SET YOU OFF also?)

I've actually never stolen anything in my life.

(btw, a hundred quid says I'm not a member of BrockSoc, and you are implying that they're thieves.)

welcome to 2009 said...

No wynonan angry anon is implying all middle class people are disgusting hypocrites, unlike the noble working classes of course.

For what it's worth I don't think anyone active from broc soc ever comes on here.

Anonymous said...

of course all middle class people are disgusting hypocrites. All soap operas are written by the middle classes, all soap operas portray the working classes in bad light. The middle classes created Jade Goody as some thick prole to be sneered at, now they revel in the fact that she is dying.All the petty minded pc rules were invented by the middle classes, and they have destroyed education in this country forever. Britain is the laughing stock in Europe because of what these people have done.

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Monkeyboy said...

Normal service resumes on Brockley Central.

Bought some parma ham and Mozzarella at the Deptford Deli - panini for brunch.

Several words there that will annoy the class warriors, so having planted that bomb I'll take my leave to paint some cupboards.

fred vest said...

"Britain is the laughing stock in Europe because of what these people have done."

don't other countries have middle classes then?

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Anonymous said...

Now here is a thought Monkeyboy. Check out Mr Moore's shop it may be up for grabs, and you can open your own Brockley deli, er maybe not it would lower the tone of the street. I live opposite and, my view would be quite spoiled.

drakefell debaser said...

Took up your recommendation Monkeyboy, and visited Wellbeloved. Walked away with some very nice T Bones for dinner.

The Art House has an exhibition for Valentines which has free entry. A doll with an umbilical cord attached to an apache helicopter (?) and a piece entitled True Love, I think, which involves a swinging willy are on show. Some nice, some utterly weird.

drakefell debaser said...

oh, and nice generalisation on the middle class there anon. You lost me when you brought in soap operas and Jade Goody though.

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Zeus said...

Macbeth was asked why the chicken crossed Brockley road.


"To have turned back were as tedious as to go o'er"

Anonymous said...

Right, that's it! This thread is getting all a bit too tosser-ish for me.

Zeus said...

Dr Johnson was also asked this question

"Had you known that chicken as long as I have, you would not so readily enquire, bur feel rather the need to resist such a public display of your own lamentable and incorrigible ignorance"

Anonymous said...

Ah yes very good. Jonathan Swift was asked the same puzzling question, and he gave this angry reply.

"It is course inevitable that such a loathsome filth-ridden and degraded creature as man should assume to question the actions of one in all respect his superior

Zeus said...

I shall be standing as an independent in the next council election, and promise to put an organic ood deli on every street corner if only I knew what ood was.

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Anonymous said...

You collude in theft Drakefell, what next genocide.

drakefell debaser said...

Depends on who the target is really.

By the way there I never said I had taken part and, as far as logic is concerned, there is a big divide between stealing eggs and wiping out swathes of the population.

Not sure what your point is really.

Brockley Nick said...

OK, as a result of antisocial exchanges on this thread, we are closing comments for a while.

For the record, this site does not allow anyone to advocate law-breaking, indeed the post that triggered the argument was highlighting a problem which the reader had attempted to report to prevent by reporting it to the proper authorities. It seems that point was missed in the exchanges that followed.

Please keep to the topic and do not abuse eachother or throw baseless allegations around.

Brockley Nick said...

PS - people who post anonymously can't say they are being persecuted if they have comments deleted - we don't know who you are, so it's not personal. Bad language, personal abuse and threats and incitments to hatred are all reason enough to delete a post. If you can't make a point without resort to abuse then you must accept that your post will be subject to deletion.

JP said...

Wow, this thread's been moving somewhat since I last posted about those eggs.

I'm afraid I've missed most of the arguments, as a few responses appear to have been deleted.

Anyway, the woman in particular was stealing from the person who eventually purchased what they though were higher-priced eggs, in other words me and the if you opt for free range.

If you agree with her actions you may as well open up your wallets to any potential mugger and just offer the contents.

As far as Anons go, most of the persons who post here are, in some ways, anonymous. One in particular has a very public campaign but hides his domain registration details behind a proxy 'identity' shield'? A true cyber terrorist if ever.

Tamsin said...

Agree that the only person who could arguably have been stolen from was whoever bought the factory farm eggs in the barn egg box. And whether or not they actually suffered depends on whether there is a perceptible difference between the eggs. I would suspect that there isn't, particularly if they are used in cakes or scrambled. Surely one buys farm or free range eggs on principle, not for the "flavour"?

Wynona [sic] said...

Of course, the moniker in this instance is a pretty obvious allusion to Winona Ryder (Hollywood actress) who famously faced charges for shoplifting in SAKS New York in 2001. Sorry, perhaps a bit too subtle (I'm not being sarcastic).

fred vest said...

"As far as Anons go, most of the persons who post here are, in some ways, anonymous. One in particular has a very public campaign but hides his domain registration details behind a proxy 'identity' shield'? A true cyber terrorist if ever."

bleat bleat, sherlock

The Cat Man said...

if anyone is interested to hear, the new shop on mantle road is a 'computer repair/ maintainence' shop. Pretty exciting stuff really, it's open already and at least it's what I call a 'clean' business (I.e does not make the street look nasty).

There seems to a number of shops opening around the station- it's good times for brockley. Shame my house price doesn't reflect this :0(

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Comment said...

Has anyone bought anything from Tea Leaf Arts?

Tressillian James said...
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Tressillian James said...

No - but I noticed today that there are a row of cars parked outside their front windows - hard to see that there is a shop, let alone a gallery there. It must be frustrating for them.

Anonymous said...

A 'computer', 'repair' and 'maintainance' "shop"?

drakefell debaser said...

Has anyone bought anything from Tea Leaf Arts?

Yes, just before xmas.

tyrwhitt ali said...

Shopwatch update for Dandelion Blue....

The staff were doing a stock take today and the "for sale" sign has gone. A judicious bit of earwigging tells me that the new owner intends to "run it pretty much as before".

Fingers crossed.

Monkeyboy said...

Good....do think they need to look at their pricing though. Was a bit steep.

psyche9 said...

....small shop-watch update ...

A flower shop has just opened up in former estate agent premises in Crofton Park. I've only been past 'out of hours' so haven't bought anything yet. Hope they'll sell some plants too.

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