TK Maxx opening in New Cross

Remember the pick 'n' mix in Woolworths? All the sweets individually wrapped. Proper, old-fashioned sweets, yeah? Not like the sweets they have now, all with knives in them and AIDS. Yeah, proper, old-fashioned sweets they used to have. Very nostalgic feelings I have for Woolworths. You used to go in, Saturday mornings, with your pocket money, and you'd get the old 7" singles they had and the pick 'n' mix and, um... There must have been something else they sold. That was it, wasnt it? Singles, pick 'n' mix. Its hardly surprising they went under.

TK Maxx is opening a new store on the New Cross Gate retail park, next to Curry's. We don't recall what it's replacing, but we're pretty sure it's no loss.

The TK Maxx website announces that it will be opening on August 22nd.

Thanks to Mike for the scoop!

40 comments:

Carys said...

Top's Tiles?

mintness said...

Yep, I think it's Topps Tiles that's gone.

BreakspearsEagle said...

Very nostalgic feelings for Zavvi also

Robert said...

There use to be a Bed shop in one of the units (is that still there?) - and a Sports World, which disappeared soon after opened (is that right?)

Monkeyboy said...

Bought a mattress from Dreamland - V Comfy.

I'm ludicrously excited by a TKMax opening, but my heart will always belong to the three floor beauty in Lewisham. Many a bargain sourced there, most of it good AND honest.

patrick1971 said...

There are three units there: Dreamworld, Currys and the one that will now be TK Maxx.

The whole building used to be a bingo hall many years ago but that failed and it was turned into the two units that make up Currys & TK Maxx, and the Dreamworld unit was built.

That third shop seems to be a cursed site; nothing lasts there. I don't know how Currys makes money as there's never anyone in there.

Brockley Nick said...

I bought a Wii remote at that Curry's once. Proper old Wii remote from the past. Not like from now. Kids today they're not interested in Wii remotes, they don't know what they are. They just use those Wii U's. I saw it on that IGN.

NXG_Resident said...

Oooh that's what's happening there- thanks for the info. A construction company have been clearing out that empty unit for a couple of weeks.

Never mind Zavvi, that's a really savvy decision by the TK Maxx owners to set up shop there in my opinion, as their affordable high street fare should coax the students as well as the local residents in through their doors.

Mr Fisher Price said...

...the Wii U looks like an Etch a Sketch.

Headhunter said...

I remember buying a T shirt from JD Sports or whatever it was that was in the Topps Tiles site before, back in 2004 or something... Them were the days...

Not that interested in TK Maxx being there - there's already one in the Lewisham shopping centre anyway...

THNick said...

NXG - I dont think it'll do that well, there just isnt enough footfall and I dont think even a TKMaxx is enough of a destination (although I'll be in there everytime I go to sainsburys).
I went into Dreams to try and buy a mattress. They were unhelpful and told me I couldnt get one in the size I needed unless I went to IKEA. Dreams on TCR sold me exactly what I needed.

Anonymous said...

At last... good honest clothes at a good honest price. I'll have a mens shirt, size P7, please.

mk said...

I think someone mentioned this on another post, but the problem with that retail park is the shops are set too far back (though I guess it's mainly Sainsbury's). Would've been much better to put all the car parking spaces and the petrol station at the rear, rather than the front.

NXG_Resident said...

@THNick
I think you just inadvertedly hit the nail on the head with your comment, "(although I'll be in there everytime I go to sainsburys)".

That Sainsbury's has a lot of pedestrian footfall and many of those people walk past that retail park on their way to the supermarket. I'm sure many of them, just like you, will be distracted by the allure of decent, affordable clothing.

drakefell debaser said...

This is really good news, I love hunting around TK Maxx

By the way, has anyone else lost their electricity supply in the last 15 minutes?

Anonymous said...

not interested, I just don't see it's attraction. And I don't see that the clothes are cheap there anyway

TM aka Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Different strokes I guess but I hate TK Maxx with a passion.

I can never find anything I want in there and the thought of having to search is an absolute anathema.

I guess this suggests the redeveolpment is off the agenda in the short term.

Sorry to see I have now been resuced to a treadmill (on another thread)

Treadmill said...

That should read reduced.

Mb said...

TKMax.... Pants (in a good way) skiing gear, luggage, homeware. The rummaging is a chore but some like that.

Matt-Z said...

As said TX Maxx will probably work well in that spot, with students and locals in plentiful supply. However, the Lewisham branch is huge and it's still hard to find the item you want, let alone in the the right size. Clothes and shoes for the very small and very large are always abundant, but finding the trousers or sweater you want in a medium can be impossible.

It's a bit of a shame that a new clothes shop is coming to the retail park and not the high street. New Cross Road is desperate for some decent shops (though I appreciate there wouldn't be big enough premises for TK Maxx). Once one makes the first move others are likely to follow.

pip said...

TK Maxx is a bit of a mystery to me. I thought the original idea was that they were selling end of line stuff from "designers" at knock down prices. That's credible when you have a handful of stores, but there are now TK Maxx stores springing up in a manner usually reserved for coffee chains, and they must be selling more than all the so-called "designers" put together, so where is the stuff coming from now?

I occasionally have a rummage in the one in Lewisham and am usually disappointed in the clothes, but the homewares aren't bad.

Anonymous said...

What's disappointing is that according to the TK Maxx website, the New Cross store won't have a homewares section. :(

mb said...

For the shorter fashion dyslexic like myself, it's the ideal store.
Bring it on!


"designer" is a bit misleading, highstreet brands are well represented but it's lucky dip. Again though,for pots 'n' pans and kitchen stuff it's great.

Carys said...

Argh! Stupid auto-correct! I meant Topps, not Top's!

And I'd rather have a tile shop, as I'm doing my bathroom soon, but would never dream of shopping in TKMaxx... but I guess that's just me.

Monkeyboy said...

TKMax is a like stumblimg across an undiscovered Egyptian tomb, but with fewer corpses and more soap dishes.

Sarah said...

@patrick1971 It does seem like a cursed site, but it's down to the leases. I was talking to a guy in Currys asking if they were sticking around when Topps closed. He said they have a much longer lease, while Topps was only on a short one. I really like TK Maxx so I'm pleased. Hopefully they've got a longer lease.

mk said...

@Matt-Z New Cross Rd does need more shops but it doesn't seem like there is enough of a market to keep them in business. If you walk from the Old Kent Rd end of New Cross Rd, all the way up to Goldsmiths, there are a plethora of retail units sitting empty (and have been for a while). So the question is, why don't shops in NX last? It has to be lack of business, unless landlords and leases are an issue...

Ed CPZ said...

TK Maxx is a guilty pleasure I haven't enjoyed for too long. You need several hours though. TJ everywhere else...

Anonymous said...

They close due to a lack of quality fare.

TM said...

MB

Weren't Egyptian Tombs cursed?

Anonymous said...

I happen to know that Topps Tiles had a short lease and paid the princely sum of £1 rent per annum plus maintenance of the building (of which the spent the princely sum of £0), plus rates.

I guess the landlord thought that a freeloading tenant paying rates was better than a vacant building...

I heart cupcakes said...

@MK - I think shops in New Cross/Old Kent road shut because people seem to open utterly ridiculous shops no-one wants or needs. I've lost count of the amount of money transfer, barbers, bible shops etc round here. We really don't need anymore minisitries or childrens after school computer clubs (The new one is Sainsburys is generally empty - utter waste of space), yet these things keep opening and then closing down again. The people of New Cross and the students at Goldsmiths are crying out for real shops yet they never appear - instead we get another costcutter/spar type store that rips us off and closes quickly. I really hope TK Maxx takes off and others realise that we have a lot of money to spend round here, but have to go elsewhere to buy most things.
Also - whomever said Dreams in NC is awful, I 100% agree, they are utterly unhelpful in that store.

Mondee said...

The person who sold us our bed in the Dreams in NX was actually very good (we only went in to have a look... I guess that makes him a pretty good salesman!); however, there is a guy in there who is definitely a bit useless. I have seen them give short shrift to people they consider timewasters.

Tamsin said...

@ Monkey Boy - love the Egyptian Tomb comment. Also like TK Maxx and I think they will do well in the studenty slightly quirky area.

I heart cupcakes said...

Ah Mondee sorry I got confused - we went in there to buy some pillows and the guy was so irritating we just left!

Matt-Z said...

@ MK and Cupcakes

The arrival of Sainsbury's had a detrimental effect on the high street - the decent food shops that were there soon died off, and others followed. As you say lots of crap pops up then disappears quickly, although the take-aways and restaurants seem to hang on. Is the video shop still there?

I believe that if a chain like Next (not very imaginative, I know) braved it there, opening a smallish store filling a couple of units, they'd do well and others would follow.

Mb said...

Actually I did step on an upturned plug after buying a pair of shorts from TKmax lewisham. I'm still waiting for the locusts.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that where they had JB Sports?

Anonymous said...

It was JB prior tobeing topps tiles...

Anonymous said...

Given that New Cross Road is in fact the A2 and a red route carrying a great deal of heavy traffic going into and out of town, its utility as a shopping area probably has limited appeal to most chains.

The retail park next to New Cross station is one of the few suitable areas. But I guess they are not paying high rents for that sort of location.

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