Brockley Cross money shop closes

The money shop at 9 Brockley Cross has closed. Notices from bailiffs acting on behalf of the landlord confirm that it will not be reopening. Once a florist, that business had to close a couple of years ago, when the rent was increased.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't they have used some money to pay for the rent?

Ed said...

The market has spoken.

Headhunter said...

Has that already closed? I remember all the speculation and excitement of what it might turn into after the florists closed, the the disppointment when the metal shuttered money place opened.

Anonymous said...

Good. Money shops are a blight on society!

Anonymous said...
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Brockley Revamper said...

Is this the same landlord that houses Vanman?
If so, and you are reading this, please think longterm and of the changing nature of Brockley.
It is no lonegr a parking lot.
Sorry you've lost your rent, hope you pull through, but think please think about what you place in there. Cheap is not always cheerful.

Anonymous said...

What should it be then? A twee deli or artisan cake shop?

Anonymous said...

Do you know if it was a branch of a chain? Like Pay Day Loans? We have one in Deptford in between two bookies. If it is a chain then I suppose anyone who's borrowed from them will still have to pay them back.

Anonymous said...

A dodgy lender between two bookies, this is why a some control over the balance of high street businesses is no bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Let the market decide.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a Money Shop in Lewisham,dont know if its the same people.

Anonymous said...

money shops lend money at terrible rates to those who aren't able to borrow elsewhere...then when they can't pay it back in come the heavies.

All very nasty.


We should see the return of Friendly Societies instead.

Anonymous said...

I'd like a bookies, a second hand bookshop, or a fried chicken shop.

Anonymous said...

@anon there aren't any 2nd hand bookshops nearby

tyokischid said...

Though I dont wish to see anyone's business close down, these types of businesses exist only to pray on already poor people.

I am far more saddened to see a number of credit unions close recently. I believe Deptford & New Cross credit union is still running http://www.londonhub.co.uk/clubs/index.cfm?fuseaction=hm.Home&grou_select=40

Tamsin said...

Scrolling down on this, I was going to say isn't there a Credit Union in New Cross - started up among all the initiative of the NDC? http://www.londonhub.co.uk/clubs/index.cfm/fuseaction/hm.home/grou_select/40/page_id/70.htm

Sorry - don't have my crib on how to do the link. I hope they are still functioning. If they are Brockley is expressly included in their geographical remit.

No second hand bookshop in the area(pity about that fire) - but lots of second hand books on Saturday afternoon in the Telegraph Hill Centre...

Billy said...

GOOD!

Anonymous said...

There might be a few second hand book shops opening when the Libraries shut down.

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

A second hand bookshop would be perfect for that site.

Tressilliana said...

There was a secondhand bookshop in Brockley for years and years. I think the shop is a hairdresser's now. I went in occasionally and usually made one or two purchases. I hardly ever saw more than one or two other people in at the same time as me and often it seemed to be completely devoid of customers. They sold bric a brac as well. It was just a little to the north of the bridge at Brockley Cross, on the west side of the road. The shop next door was a very ramshackle secondhand furniture shop which eventually burned down. The site has been left vacant.

Making a living as a secondhand bookseller is very tough indeed and most of them survive now from internet sales, not face-to-face sales. Would a shop in Brockley ever have a high enough footfall to be profitable? In Blackheath and the Charing Cross Road there are lots of bookshops which attracts keen buyers, far more likely to make a high value purchase than a casual punter.

Anonymous said...

We don't need yet another fartisan shop that's only frequented by people who smell of wee, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe my comment got deleted! All I said (more or less) was that I used that flower shop a lot.

Brockley Nick said...

it got deleted because you used an abusive swear word.

Headhunter said...

Yeah I seriously doubt a 2nd hand bookshop would survive there I should think most people buy books on the net these days or download to their Kindles. It would certainly be nice to have a little bookshop there but I doubt it would turn a profit. Anyway I should think the site is too small and awkward to have enough stock...

Anonymous said...

Starting up a second hand book shop in retail premises would be a huge risk. Highly unlikely that you could generate enough face to face sales even in somewhere like Brockley to justify the rent margin over and above operating the same business through Amazon from a lock-up in Scunthorpe.

Which is unfortunate for book buyers because - absolutely fantastic though Amazon is for something specific - it is nice to browse sometimes. Still there are the established second hand shops like the one in Blackheath (and another wonderful one in Eastbourne comes to mind - several floors, nooks and crannies and a dusty bird-cage on a large table in the upper room) and the South-bank dealers. Also, of course, book sales like the bi-annual Oxfam ones in Oxford (worth timing a trip there to coincide with one) or the Crisis one coming up on Saturday (plug, plug). Lewisham Pensioners Forum might also start an annual or biannual event as a fundraiser.

I find charity shops now verge on the pricey side - but great if you find something that you happen to want.

Tamsin said...

That was me, didn't intend to come out Anonymous...

Simmo said...

Nick, it must be a full-time job overseeing the censoring on this site, how do you do it?

Reg said...

I'd like to know why it stretches to more than just swear words. But fraid to ask in case I get censored twice in one day. Still puzzling over that one.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to no if theres thread-shunting going on. Y'know, burying uneasy threads... goes on.

Brockley Nick said...

What uneasy threads?

Ed CPZ said...

Nick, will you consider removing posts that display extreme ignorance or are boring and/or off topic as I personally find those more offensive than the abuse/swearing?

Start with the Anons, the nit pickers, the trolls, the jokers (maybe let BDS slide) and those who may be able to read but clearly haven't done much...

Brockley Nick said...

@Reg - unsubstantiated gossip that could have a material impact on someone's livelihood and set neighbour against neighbour is also deleted.

BXSpy said...

Nick - Money shop?? We're talking about SKA Travel, 9 Brockley X right? I believe they did money transfer via Western Union but so does almost every other retail business in Brockers. I work in one of the offices above.

Ed CPZ said...

Clowns, I forgot the clowns.

@BXSpy, you've blown your cover!

Brockley Nick said...

@BXSpy - we are yes. I know it was notionally a travel agent but the shop was plastered with signs for money transfer services. Happy to call it money shop and travel services company if you like, but it seems moot now.

George Mbebe said...

Doesn't Western Union basically exist for the purposes of scamming? No one I know uses it.

Headhunter said...

Love the way Ed has become Ed CPZ!

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

@Tressilliana I remember the bric a brac place. I think I went in there once, but not the bookshop. I was thinking of something like a temporary second hand bookshop to deal with all the books floating around in all the various exchanges and sales in the area - more like a community venture - but that would depend upon the landlord being up for a reduced rent deal until it's re-let. Unlikely, as if he was that type of guy the florist would still be in business. Anyway it seems like the market wants Duke's, not a cheap bookshop. (There's a good second hand bookshop right next to Earlsfield tube station though.)

Reg said...
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Brockley Nick said...

@Reg - if you want to discuss this with me, please email me and I will be happy to reply.

Reg said...

@BrockleyNick... a bit puzzled, but how? Can't see the connection...

CPZ said...

Good news. They obviously lost clients. A sign that the many new faces around Brockley do not need their services.

Perhaps the flowers shop should re-open.

I also look forward for the Holistic Center facade to be rebuilt as requested by the planning permission granted to the developer building at the back.

Anonymous said...

Anyone fancy opening a mung dell? Yours for 15 grand

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280634905808

Coney said...

"A sign that the many new faces around Brockley do not need their services. "

Dog whistle comments or what?

I wonder which regular wrote that? Though I've a fair idea.

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