Co-Op to open in West Brockley

More supermarket news. The Co-Operative has confirmed that they will be opening a new food store in West Brockley.


After a post on the forum suggested that the Co-Op was planning something, the Co-Op press office has issued this statement:


“We can confirm that we have exchanged contracts to open a new Co-operative Food store on St Norbert’s Road in Brockley. The move will create a mixture of approximately 20 full and part-time positions at the store.


“We anticipate the store will open in the autumn of this year and we look forward to providing out customers with a pleasant and convenient shopping experience with excellent customer service.”

35 comments:

Jimmy K The Brockley Illustrator said...

Well it can only be a better experience than shopping at the Crofton Park Co-Op, which is possibly the worst mini market in Lewisham.

Anonymous said...

How exciting.

tut said...

Just what the Broca Food Market needs on its doorstep!

Ian said...

Any idea exactly where on St Norbert's this will be?

KennyTinsel said...

There's a new empty unit about halfway up on the west side of the street.

Lou Baker said...

Will the Greens be outraged by this too?

Or is the Co-op hippy enough to avoid the wrath of the sandal wearers?

Anonymous said...

This is going to be in the base of the L&Q housing development by the west side of the station, surely? That has retail space at the bottom.
As someone has already said, this is TERRIBLE news for the Broca.

Brockley Nick said...

If you read the post on the forum, it suggests it will be at the other end of the road, nowhere near the station or the Broca.

Anonymous said...

how far up? can't picture where.

Ed CPZ said...

Surely Anon 15:47? More reactionary than a flourine student protest!

Blunderbuss said...

I imagine it'll be in one of the empty units on the Honor Oak estate. So well away from most of the readers of this site...

Matt-Z said...

I'm not sure that the Broca and the Co-op compete on many lines. I use the Broca for all the things I can't get anywhere else in Brockley (mung beans included, before anyone mentions it), as well as their good value veg box. I use the Co-op for the basics, and those are often out of stock.

Crofton Park Gooner said...

It's up by the Honor Oak Estate where the Dentist is. The area is crying out for a decent place as the only shop they currently have is Jindis.

The Crofton Park Co-op is significantly better now since they bought the shop next door. It is actually possible to walk down every aisle without a great big trolley being in the way.

Anonymous said...

Well I for one thinks it's great. Would you rather a tesco's or Sainsbury's? Co op have good ethics and their food is very fresh as they can't store much. Their meat and veg is far superior to other supermarkets, if not organic. It gives people the chance to shop locally, mixing shops like MattZ says. Some of the comments on this blog are soo right wing middle class that it's putting me off reading the blog.

drakefell debaser said...

Yes, I think you are right Blunderbuss, the stretch of St Norbert near the Broca is all residential housing. There is a parade of retail units almost a mile from the Broca, in the centre of the estate, which would be a good location.

How big is Broca's doorstep, tut?

Most of the retail units on the estate are in poor condition so this is good news for those nearby.

Not telling said...

Perhaps they could get an un-named famous football player to open it?

With his wife or his mistress to accompany him?

or not.

Anonymous said...

Who do you mean ? Ryan Giggs.

Monkeyboy said...

Opening a business does not mean you own the monopoly of local custom, besides The Brocca is deliberately set up not to be a standard supermarket. Genaros in lewisham has flourished despite being surrounded by bog standard convinience stores and opposite a supermarket. It offers something different, whether it's produce, product knowledge, customer service or flirting with the lady customers! Theres a debate to be had about alowing large chains to dominate an area but were not in that situation, the brocca Is a quite different offering. I've never got this concept of owing any commercial enterprise a living.

Not telling said...

Not telling

drakefell debaser said...

It's OK, you can call him Ryan Gigs now. The gigs over.

TM said...

MB

I thought Genaros' was opposite a Fish and Chip shop?

Anonymous said...

Broca IS Brockley ok!

Mb said...

TM... Well, sainsburys is in the shopping centre. I was stretching the point a little but still think it's a valid comparison. If small specialist stores understand their Market theyll do well.

Kinglard said...

My partner recently called Pedders (the agents dealing with the large retail unit under the L&Q housing in Mantle Rd) to find out if there was any chance that it might be divided into smaller units or if it was definitely just one. Although it still has 'to let' signs up he was told that it had been reserved for a "convenience store" so it might be that this is still the case. However, with a Nisa, the Broca, at least three 'corner shops' and a new Co-op over our side of the railway line, plus a Costcutter, the Post Office, Degustation, Londis and the one opposite the launderette do we really need any more food stores????

Aricana said...

Fingers crossed it;s not a Costcutter or Nisa.

Anonymous said...

This will increase business for the Broca with more people shopping locally. Great to be able to walk to the shops for everything and stuff Stressco's.

Anonymous said...

Co-op is a great shop selling ethical sourced goods at reasonable prices - an excellent addition to our local shops.
I think we are really lucky to have James Wellbeloved the butchers, Sopers the fishmongers and Broca all within walking distance.

TM said...

For a butcher it is either
William(Bill)Wellbeloved or
Peter James;
unless they have merged when I wasn't looking!

mb said...

Only time I visited Sopers I bought a bag of mussles of which about three were edible, may have been an exception though. I'll try them again. There's a new fishmongers opening on Deptford Highstreet which looks interesting.

Danja said...

I don't rate Sopers much either, the fish always need close inspection for freshness, and when asked they tend to say something evasive like "it's all fresh sir" rather than being a bit more helpful about matters of degree.

I don't much like to say it but the Lordship Lane one is miles better.

Anonymous said...

I rate Sopers.

Anonymous said...

re my previous post I think James Wellbeloved is the name of a dog food! Hopefully they are not connected.

Anonymous said...

Thought I should post something here about the Co-Op. I thought it might be open by now, so popped down to get a couple of things. The parking lot by the Co OP was full, so I parked down Billingford close by some council flats. I walked 30 seconds to the store, saw it wasn't open yet, and then walked back. I was away from my car for 1 minute, but in that time a group of the kids hanging around the estate had keyed every surface of my new car, and punctured a tyre.

In retrospect, maybe I should have known better to park by a dodgy looking estate. Still, if you do visit the Co OP in the future, watch where you park.

ade said...

Just in case anyone is venturing to the Co-op - it looks like it will be opening this weekend. It looks fairly large and as a West Brockley resident, it will certainly offer me an alternative to Sainsburys (sorry nick!)

Pasta bake said...

Co-op. An evil chain or cuddly? Or is it just like, you know, a shop.

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